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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Early morning light turned the street outside my window blue-gray. Dark leafy trees reached for a patch of lighter sky. Sitting at my computer, I leaned toward the bright, “You’ve-got-mail screen.” I opened a friend’s message. “Franny, I’ve been thinking about my sister who died. In her […]


Editor’s Note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Murmurs echoed in the huge pole barn Friday evening as I savored hundreds of quilts. Like rugs draped over an enormous wooden drying rack, quilts of all sizes, colors and patterns hung on an overhead wood structure, waiting to be examined. Saturday, they would be […]


Editor’s note: Following is a page from my spiritual journal. Fifty four-years had passed since I last saw classmates Alice and Jim, but Alice and I had recently emailed. While she was in town for another reunion in October, I drove her to Peggy’s home for a Girls of ‘62 lunch potluck and sharing. While […]


  JEANNIE August sunshine warmed my shoulders as I walked toward my condo shuffling bills and ads from my mailbox. I paused when I saw a hand-addressed envelope. A real letter! I did not recognize the large script and my eyes shifted to the return address. It’s from Jeannie! Why would she write to me?” […]


Like air from a lady’s bulletin as she fanned herself in a warm church, a breeze wafted past as I sat on my front stoop. Nearby, an air conditioner hummed. I sat quieting for “intentional time.” Once centered, I would try to see my friend Julia. Nearly two weeks before, my friend mentioned joining her […]


Dawn painted sky pastels as I studied the glowing computer screen. I clicked on Nettie’s email, “Forgiveness.” Daily, my friend sent spiritual thoughts. What’s this one? Featuring a monarch-like butterfly, the quote appeared. FORGIVENESS Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from […]


Our Florida wall phone rang and I glanced at the clock. It’s still morning. Who can that be? “Hello?” “Fritzie?” It was my girlfriend who lived out East. Oh-oh! She never calls me. Though neither of us was in our Goshen, Indiana hometown that day, Cee was to meet me there on May 25. I […]