Stars Wars and Symphony

  Last Saturday our local symphony hosted a movie and music event featuring the popular second chapter of the original Star Wars trilogy. The movie played on the big screen while John Williams’ iconic soundtrack was performed live by the Eugene Symphony. Last year fans packed the concert hall for A New Hope the first […]

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 […]

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 […]

Book Pick–One Woman Falling

  One Woman  Falling Author Melanie Campbell   Everything Cassie Peterson holds dear is in danger of being stripped from her grasp unless she finds the courage to act. On the surface she appears to live the idyllic life—beautiful home, handsome husband, darling daughter. Beneath the facade, trouble brews. Cassie is living a lie. This […]

Entertaining Angels Unaware?

Though door-to-door salesmen are rare these days, they still exist, but I’m not comfortable with a stranger coming into my home to demonstrate a product he has for sale. This week, though, my husband, who has a tender heart for anyone struggling to make a living, invited a vacuum cleaner salesman in. I know what […]

Honoring Easter

Jerusalem would become his last crusade. Jesus knew he wouldn’t leave alive before he entered the city. But He went anyway. After his triumphal procession the previous Sunday, Jesus spent the next three days teaching in the temple, giving final words of wisdom about God’ s kingdom to those who swarmed around him. The Pharisees […]

God’s RSVP

I am sending invitations for an event I’ve planned for the end of next month. Each one contains an RSVP because the venue I reserved requires a head count and a guarantee of a minimum number of guests in attendance. As the yays, nays, and maybes trickle in, I am amazed at the complicated, busy […]

Without Warning

Last Sunday my family emerged from church to a rainy downpour mixed with a sprinkling of white snowflakes. I’d heard that we might see some snow in the mix Sunday or Monday, but no predictions of anything more serious were made. Rain and snow continued to fall throughout the day like a snow globe continually […]