a complete surprise

a woman spinning in a pretty dress on a cobblestone street

image by : alexandra-tran-fg2GNElTKX8-unsplash.jpg I went on a date with my husband, for dinner and a comedy show. It was at the Fox Theater, so we thought dressing up a little (even though it was going to be in the mid-90s and we were doing some walking) was required. It …

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the capers caper

a close up of a purple and green flower in bright colors

Picture credit: Anthony_Rau It began so innocently with a stroll through Trader Joe’s (you know how that goes) the tempting pre-made meals won the day.  because I am lazy and not that great a cook. I lovingly gathered the favored chicken enchiladas into my embrace and then out of the …

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these last days

a large boulder

If you wander into any school building right about now, you will see several things. You will see students straggling into the building, dragging backpacks behind them, looking like war heroes returning from the front after losing the latest skirmish. Losing badly. They are simply making their way, going through …

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back to the pew

Celtic cross with flowers on it.

About two and a half years ago, I stopped going to church. It was convenient because of covid, and we had also moved. It coincided with my husband’s need for a church break, so we did it together. At first, it just felt like rest. After 33 years of intense …

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elevator ride

blue light dark hospital hallway with a figure hunched over at the nurse's station

I felt the love of God click in an elevator on the way up to the 12th floor of Deaconess Hospital in October 2006. My father had been admitted on the first day of October, and I had spent almost every day there since. It was an ordinary elevator, nothing …

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everything is fine

Teeny, tiny rant ahead. Proceed with caution. In recent weeks, I have read an abundance of posts about teacher burnout and compassion fatigue. And I understand, I really, truly do get it. I feel it too. I hit the snooze button twice just this morning. I wake up already tired …

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