I could not help but compliment the bank manager on her beautiful manicure. I have seen some, let’s say, striking claws in my time but hers were tastefully painted and of a reasonable length to carry out most of life’s necessities without too much digital contortion. Hers probably stood out to … Continue reading Servant: From Head to Toe
I heard a speech coach once describe the art of story-telling as giving each word its own time in your mouth. When it came time to tell our children the Greatest Story, I reached for every angle and resource at my disposal. Thankfully, children like the hands-on process, no matter their learning style, … Continue reading Observing the Atonement (Without Crucifying Someone)
As the new year washed over me and rolled on by to February, it left the refrain of the traditional New Year’s chorus ‘Auld lang syne’ replaying on the shores of my mind. I looked up the words and was compelled by them to follow where their inspiration led me in … Continue reading “Going Back Home” – Pt. 3a: Dining to the tune of ‘Auld Lang Syne’
My neighbor M felt she was single-handedly responsible for it. Her bird feeders were sustaining the population of birds in our subdivision she intimated one day, as we chatted across the fence. At the time I had felt no need to challenge her claim. In later years, the County had declared … Continue reading The Day I Learned Who Really Feeds the Birds
As my eyes glanced over the Christmas curios on the shelf in Hobby Lobby, I reminded myself, “Only stuff of the true Christmas”. It has become my safeguard against the wanton spending I am tempted to engage in at this time of year. I rehearsed under my breath as I browsed: … Continue reading Lights are for Shining!
I remember the crazy rocking of the plastic flowers on top of the little pump organ in response to Aunty Patsy’s efforts. She coaxed the Christmas carol through its ancient fittings, pressing the pedals below with exuberance. First up, in the annual program, the children’s Sunday school class of the Church of the … Continue reading “Down From His Glory” – Condescension
So, today I received my copy of the Premiere edition of The Joyful Life Magazine! It is beautiful! Over the course of this year, I have had the privilege of watching this project come together. In the process, founder/ editor Sandi Sutton and her team have created a virtual community on Facebook and started a … Continue reading A New Generation of Women’s Magazine
‘Sight-seeing’ in the land of your birth, as a visiting migrant, is a whole different ball-game. Every little thing becomes infused with significance — every bus stop, corner or fence a landmark; every tree, every flower, every fruit an event to re-live, an incident to memorialize...
I promised in early August to do a weekly post chronicling highlights of my trip home to Jamaica, taken at the end of July 2018, BUT I forgot to add 'Deo Volente' (God Willing)! Well, life happened, as they say, complicated by schedule-altering transitions. Nonetheless, here at last: "Going Back Home" (in four parts); 'Deo … Continue reading “Going Back Home” – Pt. 1: Why you can’t ‘Just Do It’
The moment I entered my new friend’s apartment, I could tell that Gabby was the life of the party. I burned calories just watching her enthusiastically engage in activity — turning cartwheels, parading her fashion dolls and savoring her fries and fish sticks. Her eyes twinkled with a million thoughts and unanswered questions, which she … Continue reading Does God Expect Joy to Always Look Like Happiness?