CHRISTMASES

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. “I’ll be home for Christmas, You can count on me….” Strains of Bing Crosby crooning on my Indiana radio carried me back to the two-story brown house on Douglas Street and early childhood. Daddy sang the Crosby-famous song every December as he puttered in his […]

VOLUNTEER FUN

Glancing at the clock, I stood and smiled when both its hands were straight up. I get to help out at 12:30. Minutes later, I drove toward Goshen, Indiana’s Fairgrounds. Like cheerleaders shaking pom-poms, maple trees waved red, orange and many still-green leaves as I passed. Forecasters had predicted another hot, sunny day near 90. […]

INVISIBLE PATTERNS

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. As is my summer habit while in the North, I visit my sons in Michigan one week during each month. Commonly, we are strapped for time since my boys and grandsons have various schedules. I order “to-go” from Burger King, Pizza Hut or Wild Wings […]

THE INDIANA CAR

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Two days of hot driving and heavy Interstate traffic from Gainesville, Florida to Goshen, Indiana wore JK and me down. After I had turned on water and the under sinks valves, I had adjusted the thermostat in my Indiana condo. We had dropped into bed. […]

HEAT WAVE

Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. In the silence of my office, the fan on my laptop whirred. I was in the throes of a Northern Florida summer. The sound brought memories of the early 1950s before air-conditioning was widely available for home use. On sultry evenings, Mother shook her head at […]

MY SATURDAY ROOST

Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. In the early 1950s, Salem Bank’s downstairs coffee room was sometimes my Saturday roost. During my early grade school years, if both grandmas were busy and Mother had to work, my folks took me with them to the bank. Those days, she smiled as if telling […]

SPRING BRINGS MEMORIES

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Cars whizzed by on both sides as I drove a familiar multilane through Gainesville, Florida. Stopping for a red light, I noticed the sunlight had a fresh slant. Looks like spring! Heading home, at another light I saw red buds swelling maple branch ends. Small […]

TOURNEY TIME

Sitting on opposite ends of our front room couch, Hubby and I enjoyed togetherness. Flipping pages of old holiday magazines, now and then, I stopped and tore one out. Here’s another I’ll make into a Christmas 2017 envelope. Perched in his couch corner opposite me, Hubby watched TV basketball –with the sound off. Live sports […]

SPIRITUAL HELP

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Outside the window, sunshine spread dark leaf patterns across cars in the church parking lot. Inside, thirty women had gathered in the small room, prayed together and were now listening to a volunteer read from the shared study book. Following the words in my own […]

MY FATHER’S DAUGHTER

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. When my father returned from WWII, I was confused. Conceived at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 1943, I was a pre baby-boomer. The Army drafted my father for a second time in 1942. Yes, a second time. He had been drafted, trained then sent home, labeled […]