Routine. We all have one: the day-in and day-out monotony that makes up the rhythms of everyday life. The same alarm clock ring… The same commute to work… The same workday obligations… The same evening TV shows… The same nighttime rituals… only to awake and repeat the cycle all over again with dawn’s first light. … More Lessons from a Streetcar
Every morning, I follow the same routine. Shut off the alarm clock. Turn on the light. Clamber down the steps. Get a cup of coffee. Savor the first sips of the steaming cup, draw back the dining room curtains, and look out at the stars. And, just as predictable as my routine, every clear morning, a velvety-black, star-lit … More The Rising in the Sky
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Prov. 18:21 Words. Words mean something. Words are powerful. Used well, they can be fountains of life. Used poorly, they can be the smallest murder weapons. Sometimes, the most accurate murder weapons of all. This realization was driven home to me in a unique … More The Smallest Murder Weapon
As I was cleaning the other day, I ran across a poem I wrote a good while back. It got me to thinking. Memory is an amazing thing. One of God’s greatest gifts, it enables us to relive countless pleasurable moments – evenings of laughter, days of sunshine, nanoseconds of pure bliss in a sea of … More A Walk Down Memory Lane
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave When first we practice to deceive!” – Sir Walter Scott Marmion, Canto VI, XVII Deception. We see it everywhere, every day. Shady business deals. Corrupt political schemes. Little (and not-so-little) white lies. Facades, “fronts,” masks, that hide our true selves from others. Deception. We hate it. And yet, … More Sin, Spiders, and Sir Walter Scott
Look down, look down You’ll always be a slave Look down, look down You’re standing in your grave – “Look Down,” Les Miserables: The Motion Picture Soundtrack, © 2012 I’m not a movie person. At all. I can count on one hand the movies I would ever want to watch more than once. Les Miserables is one of … More Look Down – or Look Up?
I’m a classical music lover (and player), and I love the characteristics that mark each musical era: Baroque’s complex, mathematical rhythms… Classical’s melodic chordal progressions… Romanticism’s airy similarities… Expressionism’s harsh atonality…. and Minimalism’s abrupt vacancies. And I’ve often thought over the years how these classical music genres often mirror our own lives in its various phases and stages. Sometimes … More Smooth Like Jazz
When I was a little girl, I remember playing with my grandma’s rotary dial phone. I loved the spin of the dial as each number was selected. I loved the ‘click-click-click’ of the rotary as it resounded through the receiver. I loved tangling my fingers in the cord, and seeing how far it would … More When Prayer is Like My Grandma’s Rotary Phone.
Yesterday morning, I heard a farewell message from a lovely missionary family as they prepare to return to Zambia for a Bible translation project. During the message, they spoke of the many questions they are asked upon returning to the field: How long is the flight? Where do you live? Do you have electricity? These are … More Is it Safe?