A QUIET HOUR’S DRIVE

Rain freckled my Honda’s windshield as I turned east. I bumped over a double set of railroad tracks, took a breath and began driving several miles through Amish country. While many motorists avoided these county roads used by the slow Amish horse-and- buggies, I found their life-style peaceful. I enjoyed the occasional slow-down behind a buggy […]

MAY FOURTEENTH

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journey. Sauntering from the mailbox with an envelope torn open in one hand, JK waved a letter at me. “They say I have no major damage from a stroke.” Three weeks earlier JK had a Trans-Ischemic Attack (TIA). When this pre-stroke event happened, he had begun […]

THE HANDYMAN

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Though the day was bright and sunny, storm clouds hung in our front room. Lightning flashed from his eyes as JK sat on our faded […]

AN “E-R-R-R” ADVENTURE

Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual notebook. Strong morning sunshine behind old oaks along the Florida avenue cast dark patterns on the road. In the treetops, small birds twittered and cardinals called to one another: wouldya’ wouldya’ wouldya’, chalk, chalk, chalk! I had talked to my mechanic friend Chuck several times over […]

THE BIRTHDAY TOILET

Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal: Crash! The new porcelain toilet hit the concrete garage floor. Oh no! I cried, “You broke the toilet!   JK and I had been unloading his birthday gift. He had used a box cutter to cut down front sides of the toilet box loaded upright […]

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 […]