This Easter, get in the ark

Spring is trying to spring. The calendar says it should, and we, the people, agree. But even as we wish winter away, we dread what follows. Alps have risen in our front yards. Some walkways sport newly sculpted tunnels. Snow still lurks in local forecasts. But so does spring flooding. …

The Beets and the Beans

“Hey, kids…have you ever tried raw beets?” Six wide eyes, and three disapproving looks followed my hands as I set the small bowl of beet sticks on the table. One mouth howled for them all. “But we don’t LIKE beets!” The others fell in, like a pack of coyotes when …

What makes a long marriage work?

  Not everyone will marry. Not everyone wants to—and not everyone should. But long marriages fascinate us all. “How’d they do that?” we wonder, especially around Valentine’s Day.  “What’s the secret of your long romance?” someone asked a happy pair celebrating their golden anniversary.  “Since we both retired, we take …

Love your postal code

At a seminar the Preacher and I attended last year, noted Christian leaders challenged believers to do a better job of living our faith in our local communities. One of them, author and futurist Len Sweet, used the phrase “loving our own postal codes.” A bearded man across our aisle …

In the beginning, God created

“Those are some gorgeous paintings,” said my son-in-law, viewing our new artwork for the first time. The nightscape and seascape perch on the piano ledge in our living room. In a space too often cluttered with the stuff of life (a child’s Noah’s ark set, animals wandering at large; books …