‘… 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…

Dazzled…

Each holiday season in December, I am handed the opportunity to gaze upon the shekinah glory of God that shone about the shepherds of Bethlehem on a cold night in Israel long ago—a night that changed the world forever. It is challenging because there is great competition and distraction in this beautiful Season of Light…

‘Ghost of an Idea’

I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses, pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it. ~Their faithful servant, C. D. This is the…

Dazzle Fade

The holiday dazzle is on a downward slop to fade… but here are few moments to remember.

A Little Pampering…

Well, we are pampering ourselves a little here over the holidays. I just packed my bags for a two-night stay in a suite at the Gaylord Hotel. And I can’t wipe the smile off my face as I am thinking about not cooking or entertaining–just enjoying fine cuisine, elegant holiday ambience, food, fun, family, and rest…

The Magnificat

“Fra Angelico” by Florenz (1446) In the last decade, a depth of appreciation has grown in my heart for the historic church. In my youth, I had no regard for the roots of Christianity, and my ignorance about the great heritage of meaningful tradition, often based upon significant biblical truth, left a void in my spirit….

haiku: kindling

just a baby born blessed is the kindling that sparked redemption’s great flame

Mongolian Mountain Climbing in Slippers

It seems I went to Ulaanbaantar, Mongoila, at 3:10 AM in my slippers. No, I wasn’t dreaming or sleep walking… but I was there. And it is interesting since I have talked a lot in my spiritual journey about going to Mongolia. In fact, my husband and I have a joke about being buried in…