A ROAD OF REMEMBERING

Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal.   Perfume of small white orange blossoms rode the breeze as I drove past rows of citrus trees laden with fruit. My drive across Florida’s state road 62 began just north of Wauchula, a small town on US17 east of Tampa and I-75. The two-lane was […]

A TRIBUTE

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Sandy’s been gone three years … and I’m just getting her book of quotes finished! I sat back in my office chair and watched my computer screen. CreateSpace, an online Amazon publisher, was working through. an “automated print check.” As I watched the “progress bar” […]

A FAMILY STORY CONTINUES

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual notebook. I took a seat at one end of the faded flower couch opposite JK. ABC’s Sunday Evening News with Tom Yamas played on the TV. I picked up my cell phone. As Hubby alternately worked a sudoku and watched news reports, I texted my older […]

AUNTIE ALMA*

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual notebook. AUNTIE ALMA* Late on a Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, my cell phone sang. Cousin Julie was calling. “Fritize! … Just wanted you to know Mother’s in the hospital. She’s had another fall.” My stomach fell. This is it! My little aunt was 94 years old. […]

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 […]