So What’s Next?

So What’s Next?

One of my resolutions for 2022 was for Chris and me to finish a full draft of the final book in The Shadows of Freedom trilogy. Well, New Year’s Eve found us rewriting some aspects of the last scene. It got down to the wire, but we made it: we finished the full draft...
Resolutions 2023

Resolutions 2023

In the top drawer of my desk, which is located in our dining room, sits a couple of sheets. They are worn and crumbled from much use. One reads at the top: RESOLUTIONS 2021. The next: RESOLUTIONS 2022. And we have just added a new sheet with the words—I’m sure you’ve...
A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

A Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

As a wife, mother, and hostess, there is so much to do this Advent in order to prepare for Christmas. I want everything to be just perfect at Christmas time. Christmas lights, Christmas cookies, Christmas cards, Christmas tree, Christmas clothes for the kids,...
Generous Like St. Nick

Generous Like St. Nick

Maybe not so much here in the United States, but in many parts of the world, children will receive little gifts today—perhaps chocolates, candies, or small tokens—usually in their shoes. Today is St. Nicholas Day on which many celebrate that larger-than-life, yet...
The Great Loneliness

The Great Loneliness

After that he began to dream of the long yellow beach and he saw the first of the lions … and he waited to see if there would be more lions and he was happy. What do lions have to do with a book about fishing off the coast of Cuba? According to Ernest Hemingway’s The...
Detachment Parenting

Detachment Parenting

In October, some Christians celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, who is well-known for his love of poverty. Many of us associate poverty with those of meager possession, such as the homeless. Yet, a homeless man may still cling to his few “riches.” In contrast, a rich...

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