True love isn't a competition, & still God loves us more.
On our recent trip to Kauai, we went snorkeling twice. We asked around for recommendations and chose two locations: Anini Beach and Lydgate Beach Park. We started near Anini, though I don’t think we found the recommended spot. The guys eagerly swam away. It’s been a long time since I’ve snorkeled, so I moved slower, … Continue reading Create a Safety Wall
As New Year’s Day 2020 dawned, many expected a year of clear vision. We could clearly see our priorities and accordingly set attainable goals, perhaps in an ambitious list of 20, like walking 20 minutes a day. And then the world toppled sideways. Our intentions for how we’d conduct “normal” life fell out the window … Continue reading The Welcoming Prayer
Each time I pass the sliding glass door to our deck, I glance toward the bunny hutch. Dave designed and built it eight years ago, using old redwood boards from a portion of fence he had replaced. One of our son’s friends bought a baby bunny. A month later, her parents demanded that she rehome … Continue reading The Hutch
On our way to a new destination a few weeks ago, we noticed a billboard across from where we had stopped at a red light. Sponsored by JewBelong, it read: “So you eat bacon? God has other things to worry about.” It made us laugh, and I appreciated the message of grace. We all do, … Continue reading What’s Your Message?
I will be leading a 4-week workshop on Writing as a Spiritual Practice (via Zoom). If you can tell a story to your neighbor when you meet at the mailbox, you can write. And if you’re a person of faith, you can use writing as one more tool in the toolbox to deepen your relationship … Continue reading Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A funny story about the importance of listening well & fact-checking: My husband Dave has been a pastor at our church for 15+ years. Our church tries to prioritize being FOR our local community, loving our neighbors well. If you know Dave, you know he is all in. Dave is also an environmentalist. And a … Continue reading Reverend Ricketts, Reptile Wrangler
Lots of reading recently... I've been doing research for a Writing as a Spiritual Practice class I hope to teach next month (stay tuned for more info) and I've also participated in an online book discussion group with other writers. And then there's all the fiction I read to procrastinate on the actual work projects … Continue reading Reading: Feb-March 2022
Recently I have been wrestling with a deep (and unnecessary) disappointment, a let-down that pressed hard on still-tender tissue beneath old scars. Things didn’t have to go this way, and yet they did and I’ve done all I can do. I have also noticed something interesting in my response to this turn of events: I … Continue reading Finding Peace Outside
I set a goal to read six books each month this year, and instead in January I read eight. Does your reading happen consistently, a little each day? Sometimes I fall into a story and binge it every available minute until it ends. Other times all my 'on hold' library books come up at once … Continue reading Reading: January 2022