To Fear or Not to Fear?

  DAILY JOURNAL OF TRIP TO ISRAEL, 2017   #01   June 6, 2017 I’m a “little” excited about this trip. For me, there is no question. I could probably list forty-‘leven reasons I/we should not go to Israel. I have not considered any of them. Of course, over the two years we’ve planned this […]

How Often Do You Find a True Kindred Spirit?

  As a first-time author, having someone, anyone, read my book felt like I was offering my own child as a sacrifice. Will they like it? Will they immediately point out the weak spots I know are there? Or have I gotten something totally wrong? Recently, I purchased a bundle of reviews through a group of […]

Whatever Lights Your Fire!

The experience of participating  in a dig in the Palestinian West Bank in 2010 fueled my fire to write Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer. Continuing on the theme of fire building and campfires:  Fire-building had a prominent role in the day-to-day life of the people of 1407 BCE. From fires to cook their food and provide […]

How Long Has It Been Since Your Last Campfire?

  A recent “fan of my website” contacted me with a request. Could I reference/recommend his website to my readers? I can, but only with a caveat or warning. It’s a beautiful website with great information about all things pertaining to camping. He said it was my study guide and a link to a site for […]

The Fearsome #5 (Psalm 139)

….And then there’s the last grandchild. Littlest to everyone for a long time—not so much anymore! The one who when asked at 4yo, “Do you like to be in charge?” answered, “Yes, I want to be in charge of everything!” And capable, caring hands she will be! Already she exhibits capacity for caring for and […]

You Just Blink and They’re Grown

This a continuation of yesterday’s blog about volunteering for grandkid duty at our daughter’s house. I remember as a kid when there were four of us still at home and how Mama was continually running someone to some lesson, sports practice, band or theatre rehearsal, or other school event. I had two children and school […]

Is It This Week? Did I Miss It?

  Whether it’s this week or last for National Volunteering Week, volunteering is never out of style. And is always timely. I commented this morning on my daughter’s blog  about volunteering at a local bird rescue  place. Her account of their visit did sound fascinating and the baby emus were so cute. I volunteer weekly […]

ASTEROID COMING! Tomorrow!

Oh, yeah. This is the stuff disaster movies are made of. You could wake up on Thursday and never know how close you came to total destruction. As I wrote Shepherd, Potter, Spy—and the Star Namer, I got more and more homesick for my childhood home. The farm on a hilltop where I experienced the […]

Milk-Jug Reasoning

As I fixed breakfast this morning, George was reading to me from a book he recently found at Half Price Books, God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis. The title of the book has to do with the English term referring to a person on trial standing “in the dock” while giving testimony of […]