Mary, Mary, How Does Your Garden Grow

My maternal grandparents have run a thriving greenhouse/wholesale plant business for most of my life. My paternal grandmother grew the most beautiful violets in her house. My paternal grandfather was a farmer. I, however, can kill a plant faster than any of them can grow any of their plants. It’s a talent I’m not particularly […]

A Tale of Two Back Injuries

Once upon a time (three years ago), there was a girl. This girl was married with two children. She volunteered at church as church pianist. She helped in summer ministries and taking meals to others (because she was a stay-at-home mom, and therefore felt she should do more than others who worked full time). She […]

I’m a Gambler

I live within a 30 minute drive to several large casinos. And in the 10 years since I moved here, I calculated that I have been to those casinos….0 times. Nope, I don’t gamble on blackjack or slot machines (the only 2 gambling games I could name off the top of my head!); instead I […]

Examine Your Time

I’m about to give away my age here. Almost 20 years ago I heard a guest speaker at college say something incredibly stupid, which led to me forming perhaps the most lasting resolution of my life (and maybe the only one that I’ve stayed true to). Here’s his words as I remember them (said in […]

15 Minutes, Ndank Ndank

Many, many moons ago, I was trying to learn Wolof. For my non-cosmopolitan readers, that is a tribal dialect spoken in Senegal (a country on the west coast of Africa, for my geographically challenged readers – no judgment here, I didn’t know it EXISTED until I met my future husband). I had already learned French […]

The Perfect Day

I had a perfect day last weekend. It included all of my favorite things – quiet coffee on our porch with my husband, a relaxing morning doing small and large home projects (I did the small ones, he did the large ones). We ate two of my favorite meals, steak on the grill and Totino’s […]

Let Freedom Ring

I love being an American. I take pride in being an American (even if it is not politically correct, popular, or the “spiritual thing to do” – patriotism seems to be under attack from all directions lately!) Having lived overseas for four years made me sincerely grateful to have been born in such a wonderful […]

I Earned That!

I love coffee. I especially love an iced coffee on a hot summer day. If I’m going to be completely honest with you, I REALLY love a Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks; however, neither my wallet nor my waistline can afford many of those! So I do the best I can with my own coffee […]