Living Bigger

"I think I ruined my friend's retirement plan," the speaker joked.   "My friend had been aggressively planning for the day when he could quit his job and do nothing but play golf.  Now, I love golf.  But how much golf can you actually play?  I decided to challenge his plan.  So, when you get to Heaven,... Continue Reading →

A Prayer Game Changer

In the midst of praying, a voice murmurs, "Really, now... you actually believe God cares about THIS? And really, now, has God truly forgiven you for THAT?"   My prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling. One would think I could squelch this voice - being a decades long follower of Jesus. Lately, however, I've discovered... Continue Reading →

Buying All the Chairs

In the movie, Phenomenon, George, played by John Travolta, is attracted to Lace (Keira Sedgwick) who makes rocking chairs out of branches and twigs and tries to sell them at the local store.  The chairs are uncomfortable and don't sell.  So George, unbeknownst to Lace, goes to the store once a week to buy a... Continue Reading →

Attractive

My mother was fond of saying, "That Betty (or Sally or Suzy) is SO attractive." That meant Betty was pretty and thin.  Most of all it meant she was pretty and it left me wondering (short, tubby me with pigtails),  Was I attractive?   Mom had a habit of giving you a once-over and commenting on weight,... Continue Reading →

“OV OU”

There were only two words on that 1965 postcard. OV OU.  On the back - a glistening ski slope, an impossibly blue backdrop, spearing sunbeams. My parents and older brother had gone skiing in Vermont and I was (inexplicably) left home with Mrs. Tidd, the babysitter. OV OU? Then it came to me.  OV was... Continue Reading →

The Myth of the Easy Life

Things I try to avoid --  public speaking, mingling at a work-related social gathering, introducing people to each another (when the name of your best friend of 30 years inexplicably flees from your brain).  Team building, role-playing, and of course, karaoke. I admit it.  I want an Easy Life. A fulfilling job with moderate stress.... Continue Reading →

Rethinking Solitude

"Being a mom can be so isolating," Margie shares. The heads of other fresh-faced moms are nodding. Then Christie, of older years, adds, "Just wait till they leave the nest.  That's when you'll really feel isolated."  Several women chuckle. Myself included. Whether you're overwhelmed by non-stop toddlers or transporting pre-teens to impossibly long swim meets... Continue Reading →

The Power of Words

Brett is looking sharp in khakis and a button down shirt, his tie bearing Floridian brightness.  My brother, Charles, and his wife, Jil, are also in country club attire.  I have on a black dress - a safe choice.  I'm wearing that pearl necklace Mom gave me.  Nice touch. We are aggressively sipping white wine... Continue Reading →

The Allure of “Big Things”

In our younger years we imagine Big Things. Publishing a book - followed by a book tour.  Securing promotions and sizable salaries. Becoming competent in a field with initials after our name.  Alleviating poverty, improving literacy, advocating  for the downtrodden.  Magnificent marriages and perfect parenting  -- our children "rising up and calling us blessed" (a... Continue Reading →

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