The Beauty of Spring

I had a few thoughts this week about what spring means this year. As a few green shoots appear in flower beds, along sidewalks, and near creeks, I feel hope bubbling in my soul. The same feeling emerged on the day I received my second COVID vaccine. We are not safe yet to resume ourContinue reading “The Beauty of Spring”

What Does Underlayment Do?

An underlayment is a layer between a subfloor and a finished floor that facilitates leveling and adhesion. Where am I going with that? I was thinking about my personality and why I am the way I am. When I was little, the home was not a happy place, but we kept that to ourselves. “ItContinue reading “What Does Underlayment Do?”

New Year’s Focus

“Happy New Year!” I’ve heard it from many friends and family members, but almost all add,”Hope next year’s better, good riddance to 2020,” or a similar sentiment. No doubt that it has been a difficult year and for many–a terrible year of sickness and loss. I began to think about what I would like toContinue reading “New Year’s Focus”

Tangled, Broken, and Retied

As I examined at knitted scarf I’ve been making this week, I tucked in a couple of stray pieces of yarn. I had run out of yarn in one skein and had begun to work from a new one at one place. I could see where I attached the new yarn and wove in theContinue reading “Tangled, Broken, and Retied”

Childhood Christmases

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale A neighbor shared some oranges with me today and that was all it took to send my mind back over seventy years to my childhood. My bus driver would give each of us an orange andContinue reading “Childhood Christmases”

Preparing for Christmas

Advent means “Coming” in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. “A prison cell, in which one waits, hopes…and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be openedContinue reading “Preparing for Christmas”

How to Carry On

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) It seems each day we’ve more to fear, A pandemic and an election year. Sick of masking, washing, and being apart, We want toContinue reading “How to Carry On”