Fight for Joy

Fight for Joy

I woke yesterday morning to a fresh, white world, snow sparkling like diamonds. Not the kind of beauty I really wanted to see in the second week of April, but still something to appreciate. And then came the text: Feel like a road trip? Coming from anyone else, I would have wondered what adventure awaited. Coming […]

Because of Brokenness

Because of Brokenness

My electric teapot had been a little bit broken for a long time. The hinge on the lid was stuck and because it couldn’t close all the way, it didn’t shut off automatically. Being easily distracted, I needed that feature! One day while I was cleaning it, the top fell right off. Now it was really broken. […]

Joy Bubbles

Joy Bubbles

I was in a strange place, surrounded by people I didn’t know. I didn’t want to be there. And then a memory flashed–my mom, talking about her joy bubble. My mother was an RN, the nurse on charge in her unit. Not everyone appreciated her authority and there were times the resistance got too much for […]

Craving Sparkle

Craving Sparkle

As a little girl, I loved all things sparkly. One of my clearest memories is of a pair of dress-up high heels—silver straps, clear plastic heels with jewels and glitter suspended inside. I’m now in the closet sparkle phase. I wear comfy clothes and practical shoes and live in a home with Mission style furniture. But I walk […]

Finding Hope . . . in an Empty Dishwasher

Finding Hope . . . in an Empty Dishwasher

I’m not a neat cook. I flagrantly ignore my mother’s advice: “If you wash dishes as you go along, it makes clean-up so much easier.” Clean-up in the midst of cooking seems to mess with creativity. And I’d rather spend time with guests than clean up while they’re here. So I leave it all for […]

As My Mom Thinketh

As My Mom Thinketh

My mom passed away four years ago. Today would have been her 98th birthday. Seems like a good day for reflecting. My father dubbed my mom “The Eternal Optimist.” She was a devotee of Norman Vincent Peale and quoted from The Power of Positive Thinking and the Bible in about equal measure. Her cure for […]