AWAKENING MEMORIES

Where is that picture? When writing a recent chapter in my newest book, The Amish Bus, I told the story of going to my first Annual Michiana Relief Sale Quilt Auction in Goshen, Indiana. In summary that tale said, “I was not living in Goshen at the time, but Mary, a high school classmate, had […]

AFFIRMATIONS

Outside my window the morning was still dark. The laptop’s screen glowed as I opened an email from Julia. She wrote, “Would you be interested and available to participate in this exercise?” As I scrolled down to the message from a group she belongs to, I pictured my friend. Wearing her shorter tawny hair-do, she […]

TATIANA

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Florida? I can see my breath! Bundled in my fluffy purple jacket, I opened the door of Bush Auto Shop. Stepping into an empty waiting room, I saw a large cat perched like a furry gray guard, on the counter near a computer screen. Reminding […]

`HELP

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal.   Outside, the night’s temperature had begun at 38 degrees and under clear October skies, would sink lower before dawn. Lying in darkness snug in my Michigan son’s guest bed, I felt weary and should have been able to sleep. The doors were locked and […]

A BLESSINGS QUILT

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. The annual Michiana (Michigan-Indiana) Mennonite Relief Sale’s evening quilt display did not officially open until 5. But, I was eager to see who was wrapping plastic over the quilts and peek at the patchworks already protected and hanging. My car’s clock said 3:34 when I […]

AT THE 4-H FAIR

Editor’s Note:  Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Humidity from recent rain hung in air graying distant objects. JK wanted to see harness racing at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair.  When the early morning shower ended, the weatherman predicted no more for the day. JK, my son, David, and I headed for the […]

THE INVISIBLE DEPOT

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Drat! I need a map to get me to the Greyhound depot. I shook my head at the frozen computer screen. Walking to the dining table where JK and my son David sat, I complained. “Mapquest won’t load.” David smiled, “That’s OK, Mom.” He held […]

CHARGING THE BATTERY

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Looking up at the gray-uniformed Auto Zone guy, I heard his report. “Your battery’s got a 50 % charge. How far did you drive to get here?” I thought back over the reason I was at the store, talking to the man. Even though the […]

METAMORPHOSIS

July 2018 Editor’s Note: Preparing to be away for several months, I have no time to work out a new story. Instead, I share part of a chapter from my book- in-progress, The Amish Bus, a story of riding on such a bus From Florida to Goshen, Indiana in 2014. In this chapter, I remember […]

TOOTH TROUBLES

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. I’ve tried so hard to keep my teeth! Born in the days before fluoride was added to our water, my teeth were “soft.” As a kid, I often endured tooth aches and abscesses. Waiting to see the dentist, I chewed baby aspirin and applied clove […]