Southwest Lights a Candle

June 8, 2015.  During a torrential downpour, my husband left for the airport.  It was an unscheduled, unplanned trip.  Our foster babies were already in bed, and we had envisioned enjoying a quiet house and evening together. But that phone call from a Southwest Airlines employee a few hours earlier had set the wheels in motion, and I watched my hubby drive out through the rain, knowing he was doing the right thing. The employee … Read more

Circling the Wagons

As pioneer families loaded their wagons and set their eyes on western horizons, they had leaders in place to help them on their quest.  Hard–working men were called upon to be lieutenants, captains, horsemen, and guides.  Not many women ventured west alone; if they did, other families in the same wagon train helped provide shelter and protection for them. The wagon trains conquered territories and made it to the west because of the perseverance of … Read more

Clothesline Therapy

Back in the day when all six of my kids were still at home, I wrote this piece.  It’s published in my book Southside Glimmers.  I still use a clothesline, and sometimes my kids still help me hang out laundry.  And yes, bed sheets are still the best when they’ve been hung on a clothesline to dry.   More Than Just a Clothesline Summer Saturday nights were the best for sleeping.  After playing outside most of … Read more

10 Kitchen Hacks

Some of these ideas might work for you, and some might be so far out in left field that it’s not even worth a try.  You might not have freezer space. Your budget might be too tight to stock up on twenty pounds of hamburger on sale.  That’s okay.  These are suggestions that can be used if they work for you.  Use these ideas to jump start your own, and you’ll be on your way … Read more

There’s a Snake in My House!

On that July morning, I had no idea that trouble had wound its way into my Eden. We found the snake behind my desk—all five feet of him stretched out beside the black computer cord, claiming territory in my office.     When he came, paradise left. You see, I don’t do snakes. I’ve done diapers, windows, and garbage. I’d helped build fence and stack wood. On rare occasions, I’ve emptied mouse traps. But I don’t … Read more