Now I lay me down to sleep

Insomnia is a whirlwind of bewilderment. Why can't I sleep---is it fear? Worry? Elevated cortisol? Hormones? Not enough light during the day? Loud upstairs neighbors? I've got no less than five friends under a "sleep troubles" heading in my prayer journal right now. I maintain that the Lord in His sovereignty can handle insomnia, and... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews With Meg

We veer off the things-I-have-enjoyed-in-the-Word-lately path to go down the bumpy road of book reviews. I say bumpy road because truly, everyone has their own opinion about a book. And they should! Why not?! In giving mine, I'm not looking for robust discussion. I either want people to agree with me and join me in... Continue Reading →

May You Be Like…

A summer sermon on forgiveness at our church featured Genesis 45, a thrilling drama! Joseph (he of the many-colored coat) reveals himself to his estranged brothers, who assume he is long gone. Much weeping, much falling on each other's necks, much kissing and talking and gift-giving---the greatest gift being Joseph's forgiveness of the terrible evil... Continue Reading →

Peace, peace

"Let's have lunch at the beach," I said.  "I'm sure no one will get wet," I said. It's New Hampshire. Dignified surf. You can usually wade ankle-deep into the ocean hoping that this is the day you will see a whale on the horizon (so that you will never, ever have to get on a whale-watching boat.)... Continue Reading →

A Heavy Load

Writing is much, much harder than talking. I can’t see your face. I can’t tell if you’re trying to scoot off or if you’re bursting with news or ready to rant. Therefore, I don’t know if I should lob a quick sentence or trot out my most favoritest big words. I can’t gauge your reaction,... Continue Reading →

Encouraging Things

I received a message in the middle bathroom stall at church, and I'm changing the blog. Covering up the bolts where the toilet paper used to hang (now we've got an attractive bronze stand that holds multiple rolls of the good stuff) is a coloring page with this Scripture quote on it: "She is clothed... Continue Reading →

That Bit’s Gone

Steve Martin recorded a Master Class. It's like ninety bucks, which is a screaming deal, but if you'd rather buy groceries this week, just watch the trailer! He has a great line where he's counseling some wanna-be comedians and tells them that if a bit they've written gets no laughs, to cut that bit for the... Continue Reading →

Churchill yo self

"A professional is an amateur who didn't quit." This quote is attributed to Richard Bach, but he claims he didn't say it, that it's just a popular maxim. I'm glad for this quote upon the receipt of a rejection letter--a nice one, as form letter rejections go, inviting me to submit additional work at a... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Beatrix Potter

Here is a quote from Beatrix Potter, (saw it on Goodreads and Tumblr): "There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you." I want you to know, this is not my experience. At all. The first words of a story are fraught with danger,... Continue Reading →

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