Cajun Maque Choux

This is one of the kids’ favorite and I make it every Thanksgiving. 6 slices of bacon 1 sweet onion, finely chopped 1 red pepper 1 jalapeno, finely chopped 3 gloves garlic, chopped 4 c. corn 2 c. chopped okra 2 tomatoes, chopped. 1/8 cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning 1 cup chicken broth. Cook [Read More…]

My Favorite Things

When Oprah holds her favorite thing show the audience lapses into a Pentecostal fervor, foaming at the mouth, bowing down and worshipping at the altar of More-Stuff. Sitting by the fire at Sister Tater’s tonight I asked everyone what are some of their favorite things. Here’s our list. Feel free to add to it with [Read More…]

Lessons from The Redhead

For two weeks now I’ve had this package sitting on my desk. It arrived shortly before my birthday, along with a card. “Have a Kleenex nearby,” came the warning inside the card. The gift is from The Redhead. I’m not at all surprised to have received a gift from the Redhead after her passing. That’s [Read More…]

Mountain Dew Dumplings

This has become a family favorite since our sweet friends the Baldwins shared it with us. And what could make any southern treat better than a good ole’ Mountain Dew? Mountain Dew Dumplings Ingredients: Three cans of crescent rolls. The kind that the kids like to pop open. Six Small Granny Smith apples. Has to [Read More…]

The Blue-Eyed Jesus

I first saw this over at JesusNeedsNewPR.  I don’t know about you, but if my child started talking about seeing dead people, the living God, and a heaven full of GQ cutouts, I’d be getting that child to the nearest therapist. I’d be worried that this was the beginnings of mental illness but then I’m a crazy mom [Read More…]

Yeah, baby. It's Contest Time.

I told you there would be a test, right? Well, I meant to. All this time you’ve been lurking there in the shadows. Well now it’s time for you to man up. Or woman up. Or at least put your identity crisis on a hold for a minute. I have an important question to ask [Read More…]

When Angels Weep & Men Rejoice

I can make a biscuit that makes angels weep and men rejoice. Seriously. I even call it Angel Biscuits. If you use it and like it, send me a $5 Starbucks card, or just your own favorite recipe to share here: Angel Biscuits: 4 cups of flour 2 tbl. sugar 2 tbl. baking powder 1 [Read More…]

The Justice Conference

Mark your calendars now. On Feb. 11 & 12, Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon will be hosting the Justice Conference. I won’t be able to attend because I’ll be in Mobile, Alabama speaking at a womens gathering @ Christ United Methodist Church. So if you are in the Mobile area, come join us there. But if [Read More…]

The Atheist Song

Thanks to my North Carolina friends for passing this one along. [Read more…]


Befuddled. Discombobulated. I just don’t get it. If you understand this better than I do,  please chime in. This week I put up a post about She-Who-Shall-Remain-Nameless. To be honest, I didn’t think anything of it. I write stuff all the time. Commentary. Books. Interviews. I’ve written hundred and hundreds of articles and essays. I’ve [Read More…]

Have you been Huffed?

I’ve been Huffed. Doublewide was reviewed in the Huffington Post by Christine Scheller. Wanna read it? Click here. And feel free to share it with others. If you’ve been Huffed, tell us about it. [Read more…]

Warning Reading: A Mental Health Hazard

My whole body feels like it’s moving underwater. Every move, every emotion is weighted. I’m not sick. I’m heartsick. This is more than just a winter season and a lack of sunshine. It’s a reckoning. Not a despair because if there is anything I am absolutely certain of it’s that God is good, God is [Read More…]

The F-Word: Our God Swears by It.

  The other day I put up this tweet:  “The F-Word. My God swears by it.” It was a snippet of a personal reflection on the bigger problem of forgiveness.   I’m not much of one to harbor grudges. I’m usually quick to apologize when I’ve wronged somebody. I made it a habit when raising [Read More…]

Mama Palin

There is an answer embedded in the question of whether or not Sarah Palin is qualified to be president. Duh. Helloooo??? If you are asking the question to begin with then the answer is not a simple no but a resounding Hail No. Who are we kidding? Nobody cares whether Sarah Palin is qualified to [Read More…]

Poe's apology

I arrived back from D.C. to find a card from Poe. I had no idea that Poe could write: Dearest Karen, Obviously I cannot begin to express my deepest regret for the misunderstanding we experienced last summer. I know I can never undo the pain and suffering that my unintended action cause, but I want [Read More…]