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 […]


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 […]