The Risk of Listening

This blog post is about Nambia. Yes, I’m going there. Not literally, because there is no country of Nambia. In a speech to African leaders at the United Nations last week, the President referred twice to the country of Nambia with regard to an increasingly self-sufficient health care system. To be clear, there are countries … Continue reading The Risk of Listening

The Purge (Part One): The Clothes Closet

When I was five, we took our annual Colorado vacation in the hot month of July, and my mother left my packed suitcase with all my vacation clothes on her bed. She realized this about ten minutes on this side of Amarillo, six hours into the trip, and started sobbing as we pulled into the J.C. … Continue reading The Purge (Part One): The Clothes Closet

Empty House. Deep Breath. Move On.

For months, I was adamant that we would not sell Dad's house. I couldn't imagine letting it go. It held all my parents' stuff, and hanging on to stuff after Dad's death in December was part of the gut-wrenching grieving process. Everything became sacred, even the tacky bird lamp which I plucked from their entryway, along with the table where … Continue reading Empty House. Deep Breath. Move On.

If You’re Reading This at 5 a.m…

I have a Black Friday shopping story for you. Many years ago Kyle and I got up at 5 a.m. to hunt Furbies, got sick of the whole circus by 7 a.m., and proceeded to slide over to Village Inn for breakfast, empty-handed. No one got a Furby that year, and lest you think that's a fail, we had a very Merry Christmas and … Continue reading If You’re Reading This at 5 a.m…

We Met Dumakyi Today

Written last night, posted today: We've been waiting for this day all week. We visited the village of Dumakyi, which, for us, is a whole new level of Ghana that we haven't seen - no electricity and no clean drinking water. The villagers have migrated from the Northern Region and are tenant farmers who build their … Continue reading We Met Dumakyi Today

Let’s Clear Some Clutter

“You have been treated generously, so live generously.” - Matthew 10:8 (The Message) It’s April, which means it is time for me to clear out some of the junk. Last year during this season of Lent, I looked through my closets, drawers, cabinets and under the beds to find things that needed to go. It … Continue reading Let’s Clear Some Clutter

The Empty Shelf Challenge

I try not to start things that I don't intend to finish. This used to be a pattern with me - uncompleted projects were scattered throughout our house, including files of the first several chapters of different novels I tried to write and drawers filled with unfinished photo scrapbooks. After decades of beating myself up … Continue reading The Empty Shelf Challenge