Oldest, Coldest and Wet

The weatherman predicted a downpour here today for the 67th Springfield Oregon Christmas Parade, an event that boasts it is the oldest and coldest parade in the nation. But despite the warning, people flocked to the curbs along the streets and endured a mild drizzle for about a half hour before the rain gave it […]

Make Someone’s Day

Today I stopped to pick up some groceries on my way home from a haircut. The store seemed busy. When I went to check out, I found all available checkers engaged. I pulled into the most likely line to finish first and soon discovered my mistake. At the register stood a woman with a pile […]

A Friend’s Importance

Changes in life are inevitable. Solomon spoke of those in Ecclesiastes 3 where he said, “To everything there is a season, a purpose for everything under heaven.” To lose someone in your life, even if it is only through a change of location, can leave you feeling empty. That happened to me and two of my friends […]

A Day in the Life. . .

This week promised to be a busy one from its onset, but as the days progressed I found myself more and more overwhelmed. The dentist appointment and the critique group meeting were already on the agenda, but then came the audio book edits—all fourteen chapters of them. My agent was waiting for the finished proposal […]

Sand in the Hourglass

The e-mail stopped my heart. Sent from a dear friend, his quiet words shouted despair.  Old injuries and chronic illness were claiming his wife’s life. The marriage bond between them spanned sixty-eight years. How does one say goodbye to someone loved that long? I’d known the man since college. He’d been a professor at the […]

A Ray of Hope

  This week while shopping for groceries in a busy store filled with after-Labor-Day customers, I noticed a tall, thin, elderly man with nothing in his basket except a dozen eggs, a gallon of milk, and a loaf of bread. Lines were long and the noise deafening as most shoppers pushed carts overflowing with their […]

After A Conference

            This week I had the privilege of attending the Oregon Christian Writers conference at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion in Portland, Oregon. Featured speakers included Brian Bird who writes screenplays for the popular Hallmark Sunday night movie, When Calls the Heart and Francine Rivers, who is a best-selling, multi-published […]