New Starts

A SHOT IN THE DARK

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters (Gen. 1:1-2). As an author, I identify with God’s creation story. In the beginning of each writing project, I sometimes see blank paper as a…

MY NEXT BOOK JUST RELEASED!

The FROG Blog: Learning on a Lily Pad was released this week on Amazon and Kindle. This short collection includes me joining twenty-three authors who uniquely but briefly describe our delicate slice-of-life experiences. Thank you to all those who have supported me in fulfilling a dare to write what I think about when I run….

TREAT MEANT

I often use Socrates’ questioning method of teaching to encourage new answers to surface. As I mindfully floated on the lily pad today, I asked what the word treatment means to me? Dividing treatment into two parts, what examples do I associate with the word “treat?” What treats have I received that remain memorable? What…

JOB SECURITY

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things” (Mt. 6:34). Tomorrow will worry about its own things. Ah, tongue in cheek reassurance. Matthew’s gospel teaches that each day assures job security on the worry line. Today’s storms are not to steal tomorrow’s thunder. I understand how I’m not to…

CHEVRONS

My Mom taught me to crochet when I was in elementary school. We began with single crochet chaining, double crochet stitches, and eventually created more elaborate patterns. In her crafting projects, Mom gravitated toward chevron patterns. Her blanket colors and sizes were different, but Mom’s handiwork often displayed her signature “V” stitch. I remember Mom…

NO SOONER, NO LATER

Sometimes what I think are profound revelations turn out to be humorous stumbling safer I expose the experience or conversation to paper. Today’s stumbling is brought to you in part by irony, sponsored by the generosity of a reality check (check paid in full)! It’s December as I write this. The intersection of Jesus’s birth…

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

From a statistical standpoint, I’ve learned how safety is frequently found in numbers. Those larger numbers could benefit some situations and they provide insurance against certain catastrophes, but are surpluses invested in the best or most necessary things? I picture Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The story is crafted around the underdog (or perhaps ‘under…