Making a Memory

I was seated on the bride’s side of a large church sanctuary awaiting the beginning of a wedding.  Prelude music filled the air, and I scanned the scene making note of every exquisite detail in the decorations—all breathtakingly gorgeous.  The bride was an only child; her parents were not wealthy, but they were definitely in the


Can You Relate?

The picture accompanying this article was made in front of our house next to our entry porch.  If I had taken a picture of this same area two months ago, you would have seen some well-established boxwoods and a holly bush.  But life happens…and replacing a field sewer line required a backhoe to scoop those


That Time of Year

Springtime is my favorite time of the year; I adore all the gorgeous flowers and the bright greens of the tree leaves.  But there are two words that I really don’t care to even have whispered in my presence in April:  “Spring Cleaning” — oops, I don’t think I even like to type it!  Don’t


The Celtic Knot

March is upon us, and when I think of March I always think of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish and Celtic.  I am a collector of cross pendants, and several of my pendants feature Celtic knots.  However, none of my pendants seem to have the same celtic knot so I became curious and


A Healthy Heart

“…be ye holy; for I am holy.”  I Peter 1:16 (AKJV) The American Heart Association has designated February 5, 2016 as “National Wear Red Day” in an effort to raise awareness of heart health.  There will be no shortage this month of articles, commercials, websites, recipes, and numerous other resources to alert us to matters


A Perfect Christmas

I have a magazine addiction; I may as well just go ahead and admit it right here and right now.  The addiction is worse around Thanksgiving and Christmas when all those specialty holiday editions appear on the racks.  I’m sure you know the ones I’m talking about…they are NOT included with your regular subscription, and


Armed and Ready

“Also take salvation as our helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.”  Ephesians 6:17 (GOD’S WORD Translation) I sit unnerved as I write this — a gunman has opened fire on a Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting center and then moved on to another military facility where he killed four Marines. 


Comfort Me with Food!

“I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.”  John 14:18 (KJV) Just about any magazine you pick up these days is likely to mention “comfort foods”–those foods that give you a feeling of well-being and link you to a person, place, or time that stands out in your mind as a good


Earth’s Sweet Music

“Welcome sweet Springtime, we greet thee in song.  Murmurs of gladness, fall on the ear…”   Michael Watson, composer, 1884/lyricist unknown While driving to work yesterday, I was smitten with all the gorgeous Springtime colors that surrounded me:  tulips, candy tuft, creeping phlox, dogwoods, azaleas….oh my, brilliant color everywhere!  With no forethought, I suddenly blurted aloud,


Easter Egg-cellence

“Lord, let the grace of your blessing come upon these eggs, that they be healthful food for your faithful who eat them in thanksgiving for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever.”  The Roman Ritual, Part XI, Blessings and Other Sacraments Several years ago at Biltmore