awaking & walking

A longtime friend, a classmate of my much older brother & somewhat close friend of my sister, opened my eyes to a dynamic that never fully hit home until earlier this month.  He was sharing with me a comment Mim had made at a church camp, sharing her appreciation for all that the camp leader … Continue reading awaking & walking


Dream World

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”  ~Douglas H. Everett~ It's been a remarkable week - wait, it's been more than a week.  For at least ten days - all but Christmas Eve ~  … Continue reading Dream World

My first worst

Something has been niggling me all afternoon, since writing my posting on Holly Burkhalter's  Four Midwestern Sisters' Christmas Book.   As idyllic as my memories of Lockhart Christmases sound, they had a dark side.  While they were among my best moments, they were freighted with some of my worst, too. My first astonishingly bad Christmas moment happened … Continue reading My first worst

Heartfelt thanks to Holly J. Burkhalter – and her sisters!

Holly penned Four Midwestern Sisters' Christmas Book, a charming recounting of Christmases shared with her sisters & their family, a celebration of the holiday & family & deep connection. How perfect that I nabbed it in the Midwest - - at Barnes & Noble (or was it Borders?) during a December 1996 business trip to the … Continue reading Heartfelt thanks to Holly J. Burkhalter – and her sisters!

We know where we are, we know who we are

For all of my life, I've been like a Polynesian wayfinder in a family of European navigators.  A navigator who depended on a sextant & sea clock, let alone today's array of digital devices, would find it highly suspect that someone could navigate around the largest body of water on the planet simply by the … Continue reading We know where we are, we know who we are