The Rough Work of Healing

The Rough Work of Healing

I notice the bandages on his knee after dinner. “Did you hurt yourself at school?” I ask my seven-year-old son. He wears shorts almost exclusively now that the temperature is reliably 50 degrees and warmer. “Yeah, I fell on the way out to recess,” he says with a shrug. No, he didn’t cry, he tells us. “We need […]

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

How Does Your [Writers] Garden Grow?

Are you, like me, dealing with a bad case of spring fever? Although spring ‘officially’ arrived over a month ago, we here in NW Wisconsin … well … we have roughly six months of winter, and  everything else crammed into the next six months. Anyway, this is the time of year when many folks are […]

What Was Growing All Along

What Was Growing All Along

It started with a garden. All we really wanted was fresh vegetables for the summer. The kind for which you can walk out to the backyard and pluck right off the plant and use for that night’s dinner. Garden-to-table. We got that–and a whole lot more. We expected the tomatoes and the cucumbers and the […]

Planting Time

Planting Time

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Spring is just around the corner and that means different things to different folks. For my husband, it means planting time or at least preparing for planting time. He […]

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

Confessions of a Gardening Sluggard

A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing (Proverbs 20:4)     I love flowers. I would like to have an attractive flowerbed along the backyard. Sometimes I even dream about velvety roses in the spring and how I would take my coffee out in the morning […]

What We Give Up for Life

What We Give Up for Life

Last year, I hung a fern on my porch. It was my first foray into hanging baskets. I’m a reluctant gardener with a sometimes black thumb. But I love flowers and greenery, so I got a hanging fern for my birthday and I tucked it into the corner and watered it mostly faithfully. And then […]

The Only Way to Thrive

The Only Way to Thrive

I’m not much of a flower person, but when I met my husband, he was working for a landscaping company. The first flower he ever brought me was a pink Gerbera daisy plant. We weren’t dating yet, but I was hooked. On him and the flowers. In our seven years of marriage, we’ve yet to […]