Mended Vessels


White rose tradition
At the beginning of the movie Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye proclaims, “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as a fiddler on the roof!” We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, and I thought about a tradition we had when I was growing up. The tradition was to […]

Traditions, Traditions!


Collecting shells at the beach is almost mandatory, especially if you live inland and don’t get to visit the ocean very often. We have jars of shells collected from beaches in Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. We even have a book to help identify them–not that […]

Shells Hide Amazing Secrets



sight
The man had struck a pedestrian with his car. Or so we thought. We passed a car stopped at a corner the other day and realized the driver was a man we knew. He stood, looking bewildered, with his door open. Another car was stopped nearby. Our friend is older […]

What You See Isn’t Always What Is


Stage of my dreams
Do you ever wonder where your weird dreams come from? The other night, I dreamed I was supposed to act in a play. Now, my second major in college was drama and I’ve been in numerous productions. But in this dream, I had signed up to work backstage managing props. […]

What’s Your Nightmare?



Cross equals Love
Maybe I don’t know love at all. There’s an old song to that effect, and as I sat in Easter services this past weekend, I realized how true it is. Oh, I love my husband immensely, and I know he loves me. I love my children and my grandchildren so […]

I Don’t Know Love


The eye medication I use at night gives me cloudy vision. Once I put it in, there’s no more reading in bed. But if I forget to use it, by the end of the next day everything looks blurred. The blurred vision probably comes from working on a computer so much […]

Cloudy Eyes, Blurred Vision



Whoever claims to love God but hates a brother or sister is a liar.
February. It’s the month of Love. Advertisers are bombarding us with images of chocolates, flowers, diamonds, and even cars as potential Valentine’s Day gifts. The Winter Olympics, that symbol of unity among athletes regardless of nationality, takes place this month–and we do love our Olympic stars. Even during the Super […]

The Hardest Four-Letter Word




"I will protect you because you know my name."
This morning’s news carried the announcement of a major earthquake off the Alaska coast, with tsunami warnings and watches for the coastlines from the Aleutian Islands to California. The tsunami turned out to be less serious than at first thought, but meanwhile, thousands of people no doubt wondered how they would […]

Who Will Rescue Us?


The Minnesota Vikings made a spectacular play in the last seconds of the NFC divisional playoff game Sunday, delighting their fans–including me–and stunning and disappointing New Orleans fans. Comments by players after the game made the rounds on social media. After receiver Stefon Diggs made a “miracle” catch and ran for the […]

Does God Care About Football?