A Different Black Friday

I skipped Black Friday.  I’ve done my share of after-Thanksgiving shopping in the past. When my children were young, buying toys and clothes at holiday prices helped provide a more substantial Christmas. I’d rise before dawn and slip out while my family still slept. I’d return in time to make breakfast. The fun of seeing […]

In Everything, Say Thanks

When the Pilgrims celebrated a harvest festival in 1621, fifty-eight of the original one hundred and two remained alive after surviving that first dreadful winter. Native Americans had come to their rescue earlier that year, helping them grow crops to harvest. A second ship arrived from England, bringing recruits and supplies they desperately needed. That Thanksgiving […]

A Place To Shine

            My daughter’s company, Critter Corner Cards, released its newest annual calendar this week, Furry Friends. The calendar includes thirteen hand-drawn images of our favorite domestic pets in colorful prism pastels. Unlike something you find at a discount store, where a dozen photographs have been printed a million times, collated […]

Music: God’s Gift

  Works by Mozart and Strauss, along with a powerful piano performance by Conrad Tao, impressed the local symphony audience last night at our city’s performing arts center.  A new conductor took the podium over the summer and this was the first performance I’d heard since his hiring. Music enchants me. I love to listen […]

Book pick–Biblical fiction

Bread of Angels, one of Tessa Afshar’s biblical history novels, is the retelling of the story of Lydia, the purple seller mentioned in the book of Acts, a woman who was Paul’s first convert in Philippi. I checked the reference in the book of Acts where Lydia is given barely a handful of verses, but […]