Writer, speaker, and broadcaster, Kathleen Gibson's passions for faith, home, family, and creation are evident in her award-winning writing. The author of two books, West Nile Diary and Practice by Practice, she has also published hundreds of columns and magazine articles in media outlets from local to global.Her faith and life newspaper column, Sunny Side Up, and daily radio spot, Simple Words, both explore the connection between everyday life and Christian faith.
“I’m going to be a grandmother!” my friend Shelley announced at a “just-us-gals” gathering in my living room. Delight skittered over her face as she shared the happy news from her recently married daughter. “Boy or girl?” someone asked after we finished whooping. “We don’t know yet,” she said. “Bethany’s having an ultrasound today.” No […]
One person’s junk…goes the saying..someone’s else’s treasure.
The central event of Christianity is Jesus’ crucifixion at a place called Calvary, and his resurrection three days later. So what? many ask. There are three concepts that make sense to Christ-followers, but seem bizarre to those without faith: God is present in almost tangible ways in times of deepest pain and sorrow. Every loss […]
It’s been over a year, but “Where have you moved to?” people still ask. Next door to the country, say I. To a place God had waiting. In a town meant for living and loving it, not commerce. The bottom of our large backyard sits less than two hundred steps from open prairie. Having lived […]
Our son-in-law has an unusual hobby for a preacher. He raises cattle. Simmental, if you please. And he had high hopes for Miss Enchanted, the newborn red heifer. He’d feed her well. Raise her strong. Train her to follow his lead so he could sell her at auction. The blaze-faced animal had excellent potential. Her […]
Two dogs rambled with me on my morning walk today. Happy to be free, they romped alongside, sniffing every blessed thing—including large cats and small poles. The biggest, a young black lab, took one step for every four springy ones of his smaller companion—a curly-haired, oatmeal-colored reincarnated rubber ball, I think. The pair explored a […]
Tis a gift to be simple….tis a gift to be free, tis a gift to come down where we ought to be,” says the classic Shaker hymn. The Preacher and I have lived in numerous homes in our almost-35-year marriage. In each, it’s taken awhile to settle the furniture. Furniture, like people, needs a bit […]
We didn’t talk much on our long road trip last autumn, the Preacher and I. Just getting to the West Coast from our prairie home occupied us. A bittersweet task loomed at our final destination: helping my beloved elderly parents leave home. At their gracious house, my siblings and I would meet to finish the […]
I don’t know anyone with a personality like Cassie—or that’s what I’ll call her here. She’s honest as a daisy, winsome, direct—and highly persuasive. Cass could convince a rock musician to take up the harp, I think. My friend has developed a unique skill, for a woman—renovating her house. Out of necessity, she says. Her […]
I have a dangerous habit—late-night, in-bed reading. Some nights I’ve opened a book as one sort of person, and when I’ve gotten up the next morning, I’m an entirely different one. Why? Because God has used someone else’s words to convince me I’m not who I thought I was. Last night I went to bed […]