How Cartoons Taught Me About the Wild World Beyond My Fenced-in Backyard Until I Could Discover the Real Thing.

  In our old house with all of its charming characteristics, unseen openings allow entrance for mice. The first time I noticed pieces of oatmeal in a little trail leading to the door of the attic, I thought “How precious.” I imagined the animated mice Jaq and Gus in Cinderella with their cheek pouches bulging…

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…

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:…

Justin Bieber . . . You Won’t be Disappointed

What influence can one person have? How quickly can it change? He change? I share these thoughts from December 2012 with a December 2013 afternote: I’m sorry to say, much has changed in the outward behavior of Justin Bieber. I digress and sorry to say too that he has too. But read and learn . .…