Thoughtfully Thankful and Blessed

Thoughtfully Thankful and Blessed

What is there about milestones or days of celebration that make us pause and reflect? I could do that any other day of the year, but at Thanksgiving or Christmas, past Thanksgivings and Christmases come trooping in to pay a call. And that’s all right, unless those memories cause such sadness as to mar the […]

Someone Other Than Yourself

Someone Other Than Yourself

Did you ever say something and, as soon as it was out of your mouth, wondered if that was you who said it? It sure didn’t sound like you; it sounded like someone else. Or, acted in a certain way and, looking back, couldn’t believe you had done that? Surely, it was someone other than […]

That Icy Finger Down My Back

That Icy Finger Down My Back

The feeling of an icy finger running down my back wasn’t due to a thrilling mystery book. It was due to my opening the back door this morning. Cold! Frost decorates the roofs of my neighbors’ houses. The thermometer plummeted to thirty-one degrees.   Yesterday’s wind blew the leaves into funny swirls and patterns. The […]

Autumn Sailed Past in the Wind

Autumn Sailed Past in the Wind

Yesterday, the wind was fierce all day. No, the temperature wasn’t cold. No, we didn’t have rain. Yes, we had clouds and wind. Lots of wind. I swept leaves from my deck but it did little good. Either they returned again because they are so fond of my deck, or some more turned loose from […]

There’s a Lot of Murk Out There

There’s a Lot of Murk Out There

The morning is too warm for November. The sky is gray, leaves are brown; wind is blowing them all around. If I were giving a weather forecast, I’d say it is cloudy with a lot of murk. It is a murky day. So, what to do when such a day comes calling? Don’t succumb! Brighten […]

The Coffee Pot is On; The Welcome is Warm

The Coffee Pot is On; The Welcome is Warm

Come on inside this morning, out of the cold. The coffee pot is on; the welcome is warm. Let’s travel back in time to last year, December, in fact. Christmas is coming and I’ve written a Christmas cozy mystery. And, I was thinking, and thinking, and… I woke up this morning thinking, Lord, in something […]