• A walk with friends

    My Sweet Al and I decided that it was time to take care of our friendships. Being quarantined on the Blanco has given us a great excuse to care for everything around us, just not so much for those far or away. Social media is a great lifeline to keep conversations going. But, nothing compares to a physical hug, catching a wink after a familiar comment or the feeling people share when sitting in the company of each other. Like a treasure found along life’s journey, no value is great enough or re…

  • Faith in the juggler

    I hope all eyes are on God during these whirlwind times. He is the Master Juggler and only he can catch all the cares of our nation and world. It is hard to stay focused when there are so many things stealing our attention, especially that which causes fear to creep in, keeping us in a state of unrest. After a dizzying year of this and that, I have finally settled down and, by faith, grasped the knowledge that God is sovereign. He will have the last word. Written history proves his ability to …

  • Not so neat and tidy

    Every once in a while, I look around the house and ask, “How did everything get so messy? I thought I had just cleaned that.” Among friends and family, things can also get out of shape, especially when someone is out of control. It doesn’t matter where we are in life, things can always get messy. A writer friend said at our writers’ group, “We need to do some housekeeping.” While that sounds like a simple way of solving a problem, some things are not so neat and tidy. A few weeks ago, our writ…

  • Restricted by your own affections

    Our neighbor advertised a garage sale to start at 8 a.m. That morning, my Sweet Al and I were enjoying our morning coffee and quiet time with the Lord when a woman drove up in a big truck. It was 7:15 a.m. and the persona non grata was as angry as a wet hen. She had come to the wrong house as there were no signs directing her otherwise. Our brief interaction that morning was more about how our neighbor had done her wrong because they were not ready for her, yet nothing was said about how she int…


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