Dear Anne, “I love Jesus but I drink a little”. The saying on our wine cups Friday night could be the subtitle to the Edel Gathering 2017 we attended last weekend in Austin. There was Texas barbecue, bad karaoke, crazy shoes, prayers, good karaoke, talks that made us laugh and cry and of course, a… Continue reading Thank You For Being a Friend
Dear Anne, As I wrote to you before, the revolving door that is my children’s comings and goings has landed one out west, working for Tesla in Nevada. That’s how I found myself Friday in the lobby of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1, waiting for the friends and family tour and feeling like I was in a… Continue reading Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Dear Susan, “Oh no, dear Lord, not again.” My husband has walked into our bedroom at an inconvenient time. Colin Firth, in his dripping wet shirt, is heading towards Pemberly and Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. When we first married, Ted had never heard of Pride and Prejudice. Now… Continue reading Truths Universally Acknowledged – Jane Austen’s Prayers and Prejudices
Dear Susan, I think if God loves me at least as much as I love our dogs, I am in good shape. As you know, we gave our female yellow lab mix the name Scout, thinking it was a nice, sturdy, unisex name for our son’s dog. What we got instead was a canine Gwyneth… Continue reading Beloved … and Chews On: What Our Rescue Dog Taught Us About God’s Love
Dear Anne, In 1983 I read Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men in Mr. Taylor’s AP English class, a novel that still remains one of my favorites (probably because the narrator, Jack Burden, is a frustrated historian). There is a chapter in which Jack drives from Louisiana to California, reflecting on all the “selves”… Continue reading A Reunion of Friends–and of Selves
Dear Anne, A few weeks ago, we lost another member of the Greatest Generation when hubby’s father, the son of Greek immigrants and veteran of the War in the Pacific, passed away. While our loss is personal, I feel that every time another of that cohort dies, our country is a little poorer for it.… Continue reading The Greatest Generation and the Greatest Love
Dear Susan, How do I know I had a good Lent this year? Jesus has His head back. Last year, no matter how much Gorilla Glue, I applied, I could not get Jesus back together. This year, it just took one swipe of an old Elmer’s glue stick and some faith, and, once again, He… Continue reading Viva, Cristo Rey!