Do’s and Don’ts for friends of the grieving

When people you care about lose a loved one, go through a divorce, receive a frightening diagnosis, or mourn over a child gone astray–what, exactly, should you do? I mean, really? And I’m not talking about casseroles here. I think we’ve all got an...

Preparing for the Storms of Life

Plan ahead. Prepare for things you don’t expect. These are the seeds of wisdom I’ve sprinkled on people for the last 25 years of ministry so they don’t find themselves blindsided by life’s trivial and serious handiwork. I shovel advice like nobody’s business....

4 Reasons I Have Nothing to Wear

“I have nothing to wear.” Oh, the times I have said that when I had a closet full of clothes! There are four reasons–well three, really, (because the first one isn’t true)–that I utter those words. They are: I really have nothing to wear....

Top 12 Book Club Reads

I started a book club in 2013 and invited several bibliophiles to join me so that I would read at least 1 book per month for pleasure. Having spent the previous couple decades teaching English, I was an avid reader, but I found that most of my reading time was spent...

A Sugar-free Poem

It’s time again for my sugar fast I’ve turned away from sweets at last. It happens every New Year’s Day– A resolution, you might say, To read all labels in the store, To pass by donuts, pies, and more.   Although this diet makes me wary, My will must last...

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