Waiting: The Denouement of Eastertide

Waiting: The Denouement of Eastertide

We are born with the need to tell and to hear stories. They provide insights and help us to understand the world and to connect with others. As we share our stories with family and friends, we share our experiences and strengthen our intimacy with one another by...
Avoid Exclamation Points! Or Not?

Avoid Exclamation Points! Or Not?

Want to start an argument with a group of grammarians? Just bring up the subject of exclamation points, and the verbal sparring will begin. SOCK!! WHAM!! POW!! Grammar purists and most writers argue for self-restraint. Mark Twain, in an 1895 essay on writing funny...
Easter Light

Easter Light

The earth was dark twice. Once at the original creation before God first created light. But later there was an even deeper darkness, on Good Friday, between the sixth and ninth hour, when we were crucifying God, and as Jesus dying on the cross cried out “My God, my...
Dogwood Blooms and the Tears of Jesus

Dogwood Blooms and the Tears of Jesus

I was hiking solo, plodding along the trail and occasionally, carefully, picking my way through the gnarly roots poised at a moment’s notice to grab a toe or entrap a heel and take me to the ground. It was quiet. No chatter with hiking friends nor playlist pulsing...