The young mother fretted. She had to leave town for the day — what if one of her children got sick and needed to come home? What if she did not get back in time? What if…

The seasoned teacher, a mom of three grown children, reassured her that her children would be well-cared for no matter what happened.

The young mom said, “I know I’m being silly. I guess you don’t worry anymore now that your kids are grown.”

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Have you ever been lost and really needed a sign? Here’s one of my favorite “lost” stories.

I like my GPS friend, except when I don’t.  Yesterday was one of the “don’t” days.  All I wanted to do was find the Florida Turnpike so I could get the heck out of Central Florida via I – 75…

Homeward bound, I was, and I still had time to make our Sunday evening traditional meal of Hamburgers and French Fries (Yes, that is capitalized – good beef, grilled burgers, and homemade fries, family tradition from my mother’s side that stayed steady even in uncertain times….).  … Read the rest

Last week, a friend asked me to list books that influenced me. I can't make just one list, so I started with Classics, the stories from my youth that led me to fall in love with character, plot, theme. 
In my list are 19th Century British novels, Shakespeare's sonnets, comedies, and tragedies, and my favorite, King Lear. (My English professor father led me to these).

Last week, a friend listed books that influenced him on Facebook and invited several others (including me:-), to share ours. I knew immediately I couldn’t just dash them off. As it turns out, I needed to divide it into several lists — and I wanted photos:-)!

But, hey, I am a story person, and I have a slight problem with book idolatry:-)! So, here are a few of my favorite classics, along with a short short story of why I included these.… Read the rest


“…choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Mark 10:45

“What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.” G.K. Beale

On September 8, 93-year-old Truett Cathy, founder and servant leader of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, passed away. As I read about Mr.… Read the rest


1. Eugene Peterson

Stories are verbal acts of hospitality.

– Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

2. Flannery O’Connor

There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration.

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