Several recent conversations have made me think about sleep. It’s right up there with necessities like air, water, and food. It’s a big part of the rhythm of daily life for every living creature on God’s earth. Our health, both physical and mental, depends on the rejuvenating properties of a night of restful sleep. And … Continue reading Trouble Sleeping?
I get a little bored with annuals this time of year, eventhough we have several more months until we can welcome fall to the Gulf Coast. Yes, annuals are dependable color and fillers. Yes, I get my money's worth since our summer season is so long. And yes, I'm neglecting the garden to avoid the … Continue reading Subtle Colors of Summer
Do you ever feel like you're overdosing on reality? The daily news brings horrifying scenes of tragedy from around the world. Problems that seem unsolvable are everywhere. Incivility is on display, and reason seems in short supply. Christians feel called to try to make a difference in whatever ways we can, but with frequent natural … Continue reading Eternity in Our Hearts
It’s so much easier to create a blog post than to make progress on my WIP. That’s a “work in progress” for those of you outside the writing world. It’s even easier to fire off a couple of tweets on Twitter every day. Easier yet, is to waste a couple of hours reading fascinating Twitter … Continue reading This Writing Life
I found these caterpillars feasting on my parsley this week. It was okay with me, because these plants were in their second year. I have already put out new ones for this year anyway. This was a "before" picture of one particular plant. And here are the "during" and "after" shots of the same plant.. … Continue reading Sharing the Garden
Lots of kids are going to camp this summer – scout camps, sports camps, academic, arts, and adventure camps, and (I hope) church camps. It may be the first time some children have spent a week away from their families. It may present them with challenging new activities. It may offer a life-changing opportunity, where … Continue reading Going Home or Coming Home
"I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses" (C. Austin Miles, 1912. Cokesbury Hymnal #62) There's no dew in my garden this morning. I had to turn the sprinkler on to keep some plants from withering. In spite of the need for rain, the mosquitoes are out looking for … Continue reading In the Garden