Dear Anne, Almost four years ago, my mom gave me a great gift. She moved out of my childhood home in Virginia and into a retirement community near me in Pennsylvania, giving us more time with her and fewer worries about her health and safety. Along with that gift, came another one—Grandma’s standard poodle, Barney,… Continue reading The Greatest, Weirdest, Gift–And a Dog’s Goodbye
Dear Susan, Back in the day, when I was warping young minds in religious ed, I invented the fire and water game. This was part of our sacrament unit. I would read out a statement about baptism (water) or confirmation (fire) and the kids would hold up a picture of flames or a water droplet,… Continue reading Saving the Choice Wine: Lessons in the Napa Fires
Dear Anne, What’s better than a college football weekend in the South? This weekend we were in Clemson, where the football is great and the tailgating is even better. It’s been said that in the South college football is almost a religion, and you certainly can’t deny the fans’ passion. And when you think about… Continue reading Are You Ready For Some Football?
Dear Susan, Have you ever been someplace that took you so far out of reality that you found it hard to re-enter real life? Apart from Spain? Sometimes, I think we get a glimpse of heaven here on earth, in terms we can understand. You may not think of Universal and Walt Disney World as… Continue reading Locked Out of Heaven?
Dear Anne, On our first night in Spain, in the village of La Seu D’Urgell high in the Pyrenees, hubby and I stumbled upon a local festival (where those devil robes would have come in handy, but that’s another post) and managed to sit next to one of the few English speakers in town. Over… Continue reading Living Life–The Pilgrim Way
Dear Susan, The devil is in the details. Or in this case, the devil robes. Let me back up. For me, September has become the month of watching all my empty-nester friends’ trips to Europe on Facebook. They drop the last kid at college, wax poetical about the pain of their young offspring leaving… Continue reading Traveling Lightly
Dear Anne, You know I believe in God winks, not coincidences, right? Well, this weekend He gave me a wink that even my jet-lagged self couldn’t miss. Because my body was still on Spanish time (we landed Saturday afternoon), I was up much earlier than usual Sunday morning. Because hubby picked up a stomach bug… Continue reading Man Plans, God Winks