The Rose Garden

The Rose Garden

I was at a retreat and in my free time, wandered through the rose garden at the monastery where the retreat was being held. There were beautiful flowers all around me and their fragrance was a delight. I picked up a seedpod that was lying on the ground. All the little...
Family after the Fact

Family after the Fact

When I was working at the college many years ago. A group came to the campus and did a seminar on Living Trusts.  It was enlightening and at the same time very disturbing when they shared some stories of what happens after a parent or loved one dies. The formerly...
A Wake-up Call

A Wake-up Call

Just when I was congratulating myself for being so healthy at the age of 80, I woke up one morning, dizzy, nauseous, disoriented and while I was able to make it to my cell phone I ended up sitting on the floor as I couldn’t make it back to my bed.  My roommate,...
Glorious, An Easter Cantata

Glorious, An Easter Cantata

A year or so ago, my friend Carolyn and I finished an Easter Cantata called “Glorious”. It takes place during the Passion Week, and features the disciple Andrew and his wife, Rebecca.  There are 13 songs.  It  took a while to write. I needed a musical helper and...
A First Christmas

A First Christmas

Usually when we hear those words we think of a couple with a new baby. This year it takes on new meaning, for it’s my first Christmas without my husband. Valerie and I have been watching some of the Hallmark Christmas movies. Some of the stories are very touching and...
Awakening the Writing Muse

Awakening the Writing Muse

The only problem with taking a hiatus from writing, even for a time of loss, is getting started again. The Lord has always put on my heart the next woman of the Bible I was to write about, but with Lydia finished and out in the stores as of October, my mind was blank....