Shadowed Strength

 The nasturtiums finished their season this past week. They might have lasted longer, but the incessant heat against the pavement surrounding their planter fried their blossoms. They crumpled like balloons in a volley of darts—leaves, petals, and stems sagging into a lifeless lump on the ground. As I gathered their remains and stuffed the foliage […]

Writer’s Conference Weary

This past week I spent almost four full days attending workshops as well as coaching classes at the Oregon Christian Writers summer conference in Portland, Oregon. Evening seminars after dinner  were taught by the unparalleled wisdom of  James Scott Bell, a prolific, award-winning author from southern California. My coaching class was taught by Lynn Austin, […]

Conferences and Colleagues Spell Opportunity

This week I’m packing my bags for the Oregon Christian Writers summer conference in  Portland, Oregon. The conference has grown in recent years to include editors, writers, and agents from across the United States. It’s a great opportunity to connect with others in the publishing world, hone my skills, and renew old friendships. I have […]

A Humble Man Goes Home

A summer day’s plans changed with the reading of a newspaper obituary.  Our family reunion would have to wait. My husband needed to pay his respects to a former supervisor, someone he’d admired and long held in esteem. The church auditorium had nearly filled to capacity when we arrived. The lobby teemed with more who […]