Hidden Culprits

I grew up in a house my father built in 1951. Later he built an addition and remodeled other areas of the house. After my mother’s death, we did an major renovation, addressing some long-deferred maintenance. When we removed the kitchen cabinets, we discovered a water leak that wasn’t apparent. Years of undetected seepage had […]

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Confronting Problems

Several weeks ago, a chapter of a book I’ve been writing, off and on, for the last two years suddenly disappeared from my computer. I discovered the missing chapter in my recycle bin, although I hadn’t deleted it. I wondered briefly if my computer deemed the chapter no good and auto-deleted! Thankfully, I was able […]

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Flexibility in Change

Several weeks ago, I entertained my granddaughter while my son and daughter-in-law did some yard work. When I heard commotion in the carport, I went to investigate. My son had moved a large rug that was rolled up and standing on end. Last year, a bird built a nest on top of the rug. However, […]

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Untangling the Knots of Offense

Raise your hand if you remember add-a-bead necklaces. Popular in the 1980s, buyers purchased a chain necklace and created their own pattern with “starter” beads. More beads could be added later. Last week, I discovered two of my add-a-bead necklaces hanging on a belt rack at the back of my closet. In removing them, they […]

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Moving Beyond Loss

In the days since Barbara Bush’s death, I’ve read and heard additional details about her life. The family experienced many life changes, including over 25 moves, numerous job changes, and media and public scrutiny. But the event that most affected the family was the diagnosis of leukemia and subsequent death of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin. […]

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Seeing with Renewed Vision

  Recently, my husband and I visited Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, NC. I’ve been there so many times it feels like returning to a family home. The twists and turns of the approach road spark anticipation and the first glimpse of the house is always a delight. Once inside, the winter garden captures […]

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Observations on a Slow Spring

Spring this year has been unusually beautiful. Although it began early, it’s seemed like a slow spring with incremental levels of greening and blooming. As I watched the slow unfolding of spring, I was reminded that some seasons in our lives are slow in coming, linger longer than expected, and are tardy in resolving. At […]

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Moving Forward While Waiting

Waiting is not something that comes easily to most of us. Over the years, I’ve spent more time than I’ve wanted to in waiting rooms—literally and figuratively. I’ve endured long anxious hours in hospital waiting rooms as well as complicated emotional waiting seasons, praying for resolutions to situations, answers, or change. Regardless of the type […]

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The Return of Green

One of the best things about spring is the return of green. After months of browns, blacks, and grays, the landscape begins to change. At first, it’s an almost imperceptible shift as buds form, adding dimension to bare branches. Clumps of irises green up, interspersed with hints of purple flowers yet to bloom. The hydrangea […]

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Finding Perspective

Often I sit on our deck to read my Bible and pray. For some reason, I’m in the habit of turning my chair toward to the left, but the view in that direction isn’t ideal. I see a bare patch where a dead tree once stood, the remnants of weeds at the edge of the […]

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