Falling Back or Springing Forward?

I enjoy falling back every year. That extra hour is always a Godsend. More time to fold the laundry and unload the dishwasher and put the recyclables in the bin in the alley and mop the kitchen floor and write my Sunday School lesson and still be only 5 minutes late for the choir warm up at 9:15 am. [Read more...]

“Surrounded!” A Sermon for All Saints Day


Surrounded! 1 Kings 3: 3-12; Hebrews 12:1, 2; 12, 13  ” Sermon for All Saints Day”  My grandmother, after whom I am named, passed away in 2000 at age 95 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She was one of a kind, like all the people we honor today. Cook Extraordinaire. Enemy of all moles- because of the [Read More...]

Blackbirds and Haunted Houses


“Blackbirds and Haunted Houses” When my kids were younger I used to enjoy taking them to haunted houses. Nowadays, they’ve outgrown going to haunted houses with mom. I still string a few orange lights around the house and put a couple of pumpkins on the front porch, but it’s not the same. I miss my [Read More...]

October’s Promise

autumn leaves

When I was younger, say in my teens and early twenties, May was my favorite month. I grew up in Pennsylvania and springtime was green shoots and chirpy birds and people who were naturally more cheerful because they didn’t have to shovel snow anymore. I liked October, but mainly for the candy corn and the costumes.

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When Fresh Breath Matters and When It Doesn’t


The ad showed two people kissing and the caption read, “The original instant message.” “What could this ad be for?” I wondered. [Read more...]

Eat, Pray, Love:


Maybe it’s because she eats unlimited pasta without getting fat, buys lingerie for the heck of it and meets a series of hot guys, but there is a reason for the fascination of thousands of readers with Eat, Pray, Love. [Read more...]

Confessions of a Possession Purger


Confessions of a Possession-Purger I haven’t been very faithful with my blogging the past few days because I’ve been preoccupied. I’ve been overcome by an obsessive compulsive disorder which is the opposite of Hoarding. According to a website presented by a professional decluttering expert entitled, Jeri’s Organizing and Decluttering News, it is called OCS (Obsessive [Read More...]

The Preacher as Last Comic Standing?


The Preacher as Last Comic Standing? Preachers hear lots of feedback after they preach. “You could be a hypnotist; you have such a soothing voice.” (Is this really a good thing?) “I like your new robe.” (If you can’t say anything good about the sermon, mention the robe) “I couldn’t hear a word you said” [Read More...]

Famous Last Words


Most people die the way they live. Not everybody, but most people. I am a student of famous people’s last words. They say a lot about how that person lived. [Read more...]

A Trinity-Shaped Life


“A Trinity-Shaped Life” A Meditation on Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2010 I wonder if, on Trinity Sunday, many people feel like the sermon is answering a question they aren’t asking. (What does the Trinity have to do with my daily life?) And many preachers may think to themselves, “Here is another occasion when [Read More...]

“Our Airbrush folks went too far”


‘Our airbrush folks went too far’ I had breakfast with my Aunt Minnie yesterday at a 1950′s style diner in McKinney, Texas. Aunt Minnie is a recent widow in her mid 70′s. She now lives in Pennsylvania but is in Texas on a road trip to see her siblings and nieces and nephews. In her [Read More...]

Knack for Noticing: James Bond at Blockbusters


The first step is to notice what you see. The second step is to develop confidence that what you’ved noticed has some significance. Things like a scenic tour in a fog shrouded bus, God doing a “voiceover” with good news while an eye doctor narrates some bad news, clay pots as the Apostle Paul’s metaphor for fragile lives, compost heaps of insights as fertile soil for blooming faith…. [Read more...]