How to Honor Earth Day

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,the world, and all who live in it - Psalm 24:1 Today is Earth Day. In 1970, the first Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans to greater care for our planet. Now the Earth Day organizers say they have one billion people committed to the environment and … Continue reading How to Honor Earth Day

Permission to Stay Cozy

This week’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt is: PERMISSION Friday was National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. Seems to me we’ve been living National Wear Your Pajamas to Work YEAR! When California declared stay-at-home orders in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, I lost my job. I stopped sleeping, which meant I had … Continue reading Permission to Stay Cozy

Happiness as an Animal? Meet the Quokka

A writing friend sent me some writing prompts. One in particular caught my eye: “Compare happiness to an animal.” My animal-loving son sat nearby as I read her email. I love animals, you may love animals, many of us love animals. My son takes loving animals to a whole different level. Like to an animal … Continue reading Happiness as an Animal? Meet the Quokka

Easter is Over

Jesus died for love of us.Jesus beat death for love of us. He is risen, He is risen indeed. Easter is over … yet your season of grief may continue.I’m sorry. Life is hard, and there are so many occasions for grief. Jesus longs to turn our wailing into dancing, to swap our mourning clothes … Continue reading Easter is Over

5 Healthy Habits for 2021

Last year I set a goal to drink more water. I wobbled for a while before the habit took hold. Initially, my skinny water bottle needed to be filled 4 times each day to meet my goal and I kept losing track - was I on bottle #3 or #4? Eventually, I recognized the bottle … Continue reading 5 Healthy Habits for 2021

20 Lessons We Learned in 2020

Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay Washing your hands thoroughly means singing Happy Birthday twice.People are weird and toilet paper is a commodity.Who the introverts and extroverts areHow to work, learn, and celebrate via Zoom, and how to unmuteWe think we crave “normal” but we really desire the familiar comfort … Continue reading 20 Lessons We Learned in 2020

Word Play & Dog Walks: Fun-Ambulist

As a writer, I am a total geek for fun words. I have fond memories of spelling and vocabulary lessons as far back as elementary school; also, some not-so-fond memories when, because I was such an avid reader and therefore exposed to oh so many words, my spelling words were marked incorrect because I wrote … Continue reading Word Play & Dog Walks: Fun-Ambulist

Giving Thanks in An Exceptional Year

I always prefer to focus on gratitude, yet I hadn’t been feeling it this Thanksgiving week. So I posed a question to our community via Facebook: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wonder if you would share what uniquely 2020-related things you are thankful for? In this exceptional year, I thought we might move beyond … Continue reading Giving Thanks in An Exceptional Year

Following the Words: Scattered

One evening I heard myself say to my husband, “I feel scattered.” I went on to explain just a few of the dizzying directions in which my brain was spinning: the books I’m reading--to study the author’s writing style, to challenge myself to learn about life from a different perspective, to unwind before bed; my … Continue reading Following the Words: Scattered

All Saints’ Day

Still trembling with fear, I grabbed Mom’s arm in wobbly desperation. “Do Not Ever let me ride that again!" I gasped. "Even when I’m a teenager and I come here with my friends, tell them I Am Not allowed to ride that ride!” My mom took me and my sister to Disneyland, an hour-and-a-half drive … Continue reading All Saints’ Day