Remember and Repair

On a youth retreat several years ago I used various passages from Psalms to help the group recognize the importance of remembering. While the Hebrew people were wandering in the wilderness, when they were displaced from their homeland, they remembered. They remembered that God never failed them. They recounted the stories — the places and … More Remember and Repair

Looking for Light

My heart felt heavy this morning. My heart felt broken open to all the pain that those around me are suffering. Her husband is dying and it may be time to stop treatment. Her step-sister died at a tragically young age. Her dog is dying and she doesn’t know how many snuggles and walks are … More Looking for Light

Making Our Way

It’s so hot. We’re all tired. Our bodies are revolting. We’ve had better days. My mom has a horrible cough and woke up really hot this morning, so she went to the doctor, got medicine and did not walk today. (She’s feeling better!) I’ve got a cold or allergies, so my face is full of … More Making Our Way

Torn

Sunday was a busy day in the life of the church – especially those that follow the liturgical calendar. In the United Methodist church we celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month – so there was that. It was also Epiphany – the celebration of the three wise men visiting baby Jesus. … More Torn

Solstice QAL Complete!

Last December I needed something to occupy my mind and hands. Late in the month I discovered Pat Sloan’s upcoming Solstice Quilt Along project. Each week from the winter solstice to the summer solstice she would release a quilt block. If one followed along with her asymmetrical blocks and completed the various borders, the final … More Solstice QAL Complete!

PO(o)F

In the last few weeks two different doctors came to the same conclusion – premature ovarian failure, or POF for short. I think an extra “o” should be added – PO(o)F seems more appropriate. Seeing the positive sign on a stick, poof. Going to the doctor’s office and comparing with other pregnant women, poof. Feeling … More PO(o)F

Hashtags

Some hashtags are funny. Some are useful. But, some are just a phrase to hide behind. I’m so tired of the hashtags, the need for them – they are becoming hollow and trite. #prayforVegas #prayforOrlando #prayforParis When will they stop? When will the need for another hashtag end? The thing about hashtags…they sterilize the event. … More Hashtags

Curious

As I think I’ve mentioned before, I often listen to podcasts while I’m sewing. Because of my work schedule, I don’t get as much time to sew these days, so I’m a little behind on my listening. Tonight I had some time for myself and finished up the second step of a fairly large quilting … More Curious

Anger

Let it be messenger, come to tell us what we most need to know, hard though its words may be to hear. Trust, even when you cannot believe it, that it will carry its own consolations, that it knows what to do with what has shattered. Trust that the other face of anger is courage, … More Anger