Christmas Cards: To Send or Not to Send?

My friend and fellow fiction writer Angela Arndt wrote about Christmas cards and graciously allowed me to share her post here: Paper Christmas Cards Every paper Christmas card I receive is read and hung in the window so I can see it every day. I love seeing the beautiful scenes, […]


Poinsettia: The Christmas Flower

Did you know that today (December 12) is Poinsettia Day? Native to Central America and southern Mexico, this beautiful plant was popularized  in the U.S. by Joel Roberts Poinsett. He was appointed the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1825,  where he admired the flowers. Poinsett brought some of the […]

Poinsettias symbolize the blood of Christ

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Beginning of the Beginning

Hard to believe, but this past Sunday was the first week of Advent–the beginning of the beginning. “Advent” means “coming” in Latin, and for centuries Christians have observed the four weeks leading up to Christmas as a time of remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. For many Christian denominations, Advent is […]


Who Are You Thankful To?

It’s Thanksgiving week, complete with turkey, Turkey Trot “races,” parades, football games, and family. This time of year, there’s a lot of public expressions of thankfulness–online, in commercials, on talk shows and news shows. People share what they are thankful for, but sometimes I wonder, in our secular (post-Christian) society, […]

Thanksgiving

Protesters and Veterans

Within four days last week, we saw: Millions of Americans exercise their right to vote in a free presidential election; Hundreds of protesters march, chanting “Not My President;” Recognition of military veterans by the media, businesses, and sports teams. I find it ironic that the very same week we honor […]


My Future Is Not in the President’s Hands

After November 8, most of the nation will breathe a collective sigh of relief that this crazy election is over. And people will either be happy their candidate won, disappointed their candidate lost, or just generally depressed. But I’m not going to fret (too much), no matter what the outcome. […]

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Keep Holding On

Some people just like to climb. When my son was a teenager, he and his dad enjoyed rock climbing. The few times I went with them (just as an observer), I got goosebumps in my stomach if I watched them crawl up the face of the cliff, a few hundred […]


What’s in a Name?

Have you Googled your name lately? We tried to find an old friend recently on Facebook, but his name is so common that it’s difficult to identify the right individual. That got me to thinking about names. Googling your own name can bring up all kinds of interesting information–and it […]

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Be patient and lovingly accept each other. Gal. 4:2

A Call for Unity

“Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other. Through the peace that ties you together, do your best to maintain the unity that the Spirit gives” (Ephesians 4:2-3, ESV) It’s been a rough week in the evangelical world. Recent revelations in the […]