Confessions about Discontentment and Learning to Love the Moment

My husband and I have been traveling or living overseas for the last 14 years. I am not talking about one international trip a year, but many! And not the sightseeing kind either that involves air-conditioned buses and plush hotels. Often we travel to under-developed countries and stay in humble homes. We are constantly fighting…

‘… far as the curse is found… ‘

“Joy to the World” is an enduringly beautiful Christmas carol, written in 1719 by English writer, Isaac Watts. Lowell Mason in 1939 adapted the lyrics and put them to music. It is believed that he arranged an old melody written originally by Handel. The words encourage my faith each season. Joy to the world! the…

Time… Not Space

One of the great Jewish thinkers and philosopher of modern times was Abraham Joshua Heschel. The European rabbi who ended up in the USA saw the teachings of the Hebrew prophets as a clarion call for social action in America eventually and worked for civil rights and against the war in Viet Nam. He was an…

Repristination and Lily Pads

The repainting and retiling are finished. Today we will have our garage repainted and in a few weeks the outside of the house repainted. Then. We. Will. Be. Finished. For. A. Spell. I hope. Our home is not put back together yet. Slowly, slowly. Mainly because I feel like i move more slowly than I…

Queen of Fun

Our daughter is currently in Milan, Italy. She has been traveling with a team of young people through Europe for the last month. This experience is her “cup of tea”–community living, team work, group outreach, serving, and sharing the joy of the hope that resides within her heart with others. Here they are in a…

Things are Blurry Now

I have always wanted to study the art of pottery making; so when we visited a potter’s house in Addis Ababa last week, my heart beat for joy. Actually, my hubby and I have visited this place three times over the years, and each trip is just as wonderful as the first. I watched in…

Fat and Ugly

I read a Hallmark card the other day that said on the outside: “Ever wake up feeling fat and ugly?” On the inside: “What does it feel like?”

Stress-Free Living–Is It Possible?

Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at my responsibilities, writing obligations, and travel schedule. Reviewing the next three months of my life on my personal calendar caused my heart to sink this morning–so many miles to cover and suitcases to pack, plus the daily grind of administration never ends… And this doesn’t even include…

Mortar and Pestle

I have been looking all over Jerusalem for a mortar and pestle. I found a few but didn’t want lava stone or ceramic. I like this marble edition now setting on my kitchen counter top, just ready for use. The other day I was grinding down some garlic cloves to make paste to add to…

Ten Pros… Ten Cons…

I just love to get a new sassy cut and color. It’s a true lift. So grateful to Isaac for the great do.