Author’s Journey

America has two Christmases

America has two Christmases

It’s that time of the year, when we start hectoring our neighbors about “Jesus being the reason for the season” and “keeping the Christ in Christmas.” My question is whether we’ve already lost this fight. On Monday, the Swagbucks site asked in its daily poll whether people like Christmas music. In the comments, one person […]

The Gnomes

The Gnomes

So, I totally forgot to blog last week. Like, genuinely, legitimately forgot. I know, I know, I’ve been blogging every Thursday for eons, it should be a well-ingrained habit by now. But here’s the thing: I forgot it was Thursday. Seriously. I had no idea what day it was, so by the end of the […]

I can’t take your pain

I can’t take your pain

My friends are in pain. Family members have died. One has an incapacitating autoimmune disease. Another has breast cancer. Yet another has a confounding set of symptoms and no diagnosis. More than I can count have depression. One morning while I was praying for a friend who was going through an unusually painful flare-up of […]

Alphabet Blogging: M is for

Alphabet Blogging: M is for

Maps. Ever since I first opened up The Lord of the Rings, to be greeted by a beautifully detailed map of Middle Earth, I’ve been in love with maps in books. Even before that, though, while I never did much with maps, I still liked looking at them. To me, a map has always signaled […]

Early morning prayer and app shopping

Early morning prayer and app shopping

Developing the discipline of early morning prayer and Scripture reading is important to us as Christians, but it’s not easy. I resisted this practice for years, despite hearing and reading multiple exhortations. What finally got me was this quote from George Washington Carver: All my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have […]

Looking Back at NaNoWriMo

Looking Back at NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is over. In some ways, that’s a huge relief, and in others, it’s a disappointment. The goal, of course, is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I’ve completed it some years. I’ve gotten close others. Last year I didn’t even try. This year, I gave […]

Alphabet Blogging: L is for…

Well…I’m sorry, guys. I thought for sure I had a post written and scheduled for last Wednesday. I must have been half asleep or something. Maybe I dreamed it–I tend to do that a lot, dream that I did something only to find out that in real life, I didn’t. Huh. OK, on to the […]