A Richly Textured Life

Must the rough always be made smooth? Or so it appears in life, or at least with our public facades and selfies. In art texture with all its diversities is noted as one of the seven basic elements of art, valued for its smooth and rough, its many values (more about that later). In truth, in…

Our History is Our Art in the Making  

Look carefully at the photos that follow: What do you kinda see in the first one? Then with a new perspective? Finally, its far-reaching strands? Can we grasp the power of seeing one’s almost completed blueprint in action, one strand connected to another into its ultimate design? I could have missed this tenacious spider’s artwork…

Gossip is not a lovely trait.

Proverbs 11:13 A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Proverbs 16:28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Proverbs 17:4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander. In Context | Full Chapter | Other Translations Proverbs 20:19 A gossip goes around…

The Art of Picking Blueberries

“You missed one,” Bill says, pointing above my head and a bit over to the left. “No, I didn’t,” I say, squatting low on our patio. “I have a system, an imaginary grid. That way I don’t miss any.” I’m talking about picking blueberries from the five bushes in our container garden. Over the past…

No More Keep Away!

This month I share a God-is-good love story, Bill’s and my story that was in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game.  Unforgettable! One word out of many to describe this Sunday in July with its sweltering 101 degrees. Imagine me standing outside a friend’s rent house with Matt playing his newly invented game:…

You had me @ THANK YOU!

If there is one thing I was taught growing up, it was the importance of writing thank you notes. I suppose it’s my Southern roots. Well, not so much mine, but my mother’s and her diligence to seed and cultivate a heart of gratefulness. She never got around to teaching me how to cook, balance…