Six Things That Make Me Cry


This story was published in 2001 and is found in the book Southside Glimmers.   Don’t you just love that lump-in-your-throat-happy-feeling?     I believe in tears. Oh, the wonder of tears! They can be healing — as well as revealing. I especially prefer the lump-in-my-throat kind of tears—the “warm, fuzzy feeling” kind of tears, the “ain’t life grand!” kind of tears. While I prefer to do my  “woe is me” crying in private, I don’t begrudge … Read more

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Most kids like these sweet potato fries.  In the last four years, I’ve served these to over a dozen foster kids, and every single one of them begged for more.   If you have an excess of sweet potatoes, this recipe is a quick fix and goes with practically any meal. Peel those potatoes, then slice them into circles or wedges.  Add olive oil and sea salt to a bag and marinate the potatoes for … Read more

How Marriage Is Like Riding a Bicycle Built For Two

Dave has always believed in the adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Granted, sometimes there isn’t a way even when there’s a will, but you get the point. There’s not a lot my husband won’t tackle, especially if it’s something he knows his bride wants to do. So when the option of a trail ride on bicycles for a family reunion came along, he decided we wouldn’t let a sore knee keep us … Read more

Pico de Gallo Cabbage Slaw

Our family and church friends spent a delightful Sunday in the home of our friend Anna, whose mother is Belizian.  Anna’s parents live in Belize but have been visiting in the states for several months. This is a unique way to make a slaw and, if you like Belizian flavor, you’ll like this.  The recipe is simple and easy.  You’ll need cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Without the … Read more