Her Sewing Machine is Silent

  She wanted to go Home.  She really, really wanted to go Home. Her name was Beulah, but we called her Bets. And while Bets waited, she was gracious in her smiles, and she was grateful for her days. She also sewed.   On the days (and sometimes nights) I stayed with Bets, I looked forward to caring for her.  It was a respite from other responsibilities, and she was always grateful.  The pace was … Read more

Why My Heart is Full

Each year, I change my mind on which season I like best. In the spring, I delight in warm breezes and pastel colors after a winter of ice and sleet and cold. But then, after the lazy, humid, and often dry days of summer, I am ready for this new season: Fall. In the autumn, I dance with the leaves as they twirl their way down from the trees. I love fall. Crisp, cool air, … Read more

Life is Short. Fidelity is Sweet.

A new fruit The pomegranates I brought to the kids’ class I teach on Wednesday evenings were a fascination all evening long. The kids had never seen this fruit, and they wanted to touch and handle the pomegranates. They kept asking me about “those things” during the entire lesson. I had also brought grapes, but they weren’t interested in grapes. Because I made them wait until the end of the story, they were especially intrigued … Read more

Why Our Kids Didn’t Celebrate Halloween

The land of Halloween – and pretend and make-believe When the clock struck midnight, Cinderella’s chariot turned back into a pumpkin. The white horses became mice again and her lovely dress diminished into rags. In the land of fairy tales, good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people – and the lovers live happily ever after. We know it’s just pretend, but we still enjoy the magic in the land of … Read more

Who I Am When No One Is Around

“It’s just up the road, about half a mile after the church,” my neighbor told me. “The pumpkins are sitting out in the yard. It’s the honor system, you know,” she added. The honor system, I mused. We hear about making the honor roll and about honors given to people for specific accomplishments. Yet this is a different kind of honor. This idea of an honor system speaks of trust. It expects and believes the … Read more