Dads and Dogs and Peace

At least a thousand times in years 1-21, I heard my Dad say If you hang around with dogs, you’ll start barking like a dog. Even now at 46 years of age it sort of makes me want to roll my eyes. I hadn’t thought about that line in years until I recently heard this…

Mother of All Human Beings

This photo moves me. A mother supporting protestors while supporting her child while feeding her child. A mother, doing what she can in this moment, investing in the next generation in multiple ways. Genesis 3:1 tells us Adam named his wife Eve “because she was the mother of all human beings.” Perhaps it’s because of…

Honeysuckle

I have little-to-no sense of smell. Years of allergies will do that. Very few scents register for me, but among those I can always detect are garlic, an old drugstore perfume called Charlie, and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle makes me smile wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, every single time. It’s the smell of summer. The smell…

Cloud-Clearing

A handful of realizations, some new and some just reminders, changed how the world looked on this cloudy day. This morning I listened as a third-grade teacher made Audrey feel incredibly special in a one-on-one call, scheduled on her own time just to encourage Audrey in her reading and acknowledge her hard work and progress.…

Right-Side Up

I started a note in my phone a few weeks ago, on a day that I was particularly grumpy and at my max. A note of things to be thankful for, particularly in this day and in this moment and in this circumstance. I did the same thing a few years ago in the year…

Quarantine Stream of Consciousness

The Queen’s messages in the first month of this quarantine were the most uplifting and heartfelt of all the messages by world figures/leaders. Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness. Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles. They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all…

What is even happening right now?

My internal voice keeps saying it. My external voice keeps saying it. Over and over and over again in the last couple of weeks. What is even happening right now? Daily death tolls. People need medical care and can’t get it. Countries and states on lockdown. People stranded and they can’t get home. Grocery stores…

Go Go Go

It was such a beautiful day today, even though I didn’t get to really see much of it. After 6 am Ancient Greece instruction for my 8-year old followed by a Food Lion run to secure TP and OJ followed by 9 meetings, I walked outside of the house - by myself - to our…

Super Tuesday in Virginia

We voted this morning. Taking our time, reading every name on the ballot with me whispering explanations about what I liked/disliked about each candidate and why who can win is sometimes just as important as who should win. Our children need to see and hear us talk about real issues, and know that we think…

Good Humans in the Middle

It’s Presidents’ Day, and this year we’re going to elect a President. As I’ve gotten older, our choice of leadership has seemed more and more important - not just because I think we chose so poorly last time, but also because 20 years ago I would have told you that I wasn’t sure all our…