The Land of Before: The Thirtieth Year of Marriage

December 2, 2018 Last night, I called my younger daughter, who is 1,001 miles away at college.  She said that she was in the common room with her suitemates, and they were bonding, and I was glad because I think, in general, common rooms should be used more than they are. Somehow, they got to … Continue reading The Land of Before: The Thirtieth Year of Marriage

You Are Allowed To Try (for Twelve Years, If Need Be)

December 2021 My only C in college was in music appreciation (unless I also made a C in canoeing, which is, of course, entirely likely). I remember sitting in the hall before exams, index cards and highlighter in hand, trying to teach myself musical terms. It was impossible. Nevertheless, I love music. My favorite Pandora … Continue reading You Are Allowed To Try (for Twelve Years, If Need Be)

Thankful for the Good (I wouldn’t even tell me what would happen to me)

For almost twenty years, I have had a Mary Engelbreit calendar hanging in the same place in my kitchen. Tonight, as I stood washing dishes, I looked up and saw her succinct command: Give thanks. And I thought about the fact that I do give thanks. I know, I know, there are those of you … Continue reading Thankful for the Good (I wouldn’t even tell me what would happen to me)

Things God Allows

There is something that God does for me before a crisis–when I can see the giant, dark waves coming and feel the sand beginning to wash out beneath me. He allows me, always, a brief time with friends. The quickest of rejuvenations–not weeks on a beach, not even lingering dinners–just quick reminders: You also have … Continue reading Things God Allows