I Am That Mean Mama

He came through the back door, holding his finger in front of him for me to see. “Yook, Mama,” he said. “There was a yittle boy outside who hurt his finger, and he needs his Mama to kiss it. And you are that Mama!” I smiled as I bent down to inspect the hurt finger. “And you must be that little boy,” I responded as I offered my medicinal kiss. Yes, I am “that Mama”. … Read more

The River Stops Here

  I’ve never been to Israel or the Middle East.  If I ever had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land, there is one place I’d like to visit: the Jordan River and its seas.  I’d especially like to wade along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. So much of Jesus’ ministry played out along its shores. It was near this sea that He fed the multitudes; here He healed and restored so many … Read more

Sometimes Mama’s Home Remedy Works the Best

I had never known a summer could be so hot. That summer, I thought that if heat could kill a person, I would die.  I wasn’t from Southside Virginia, and I wasn’t used to the temperatures and humidity in this part of the country. I’d come to work as the nurse at Camp Staunton Meadows for the summer and was unprepared for the blistering temperatures. Somehow, I survived. So did the campers. Many years later, … Read more

Why the Lights Should Be Left On

  More than one hundred years ago, a ship tried to enter the Cleveland harbor during a severe storm. The captain of the ship could see the bright light of the lighthouse in the harbor, but he couldn’t see the lower lights.  Yet those lower lights were necessary for captains to navigate their way into the harbor. Ships identified that center line for safe entry into a harbor by those lower lights. Without those lights, … Read more

Southern Sweet Tea

  Confessions first.  I was bred and born in the north, very near the Mason-Dixon line.  We grew up drinking water and Kool-aid in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.  This past year marked thirty years of marriage, which means I’ve now lived more years in the south than in the north.  I do make Sweet Tea, even though it’s taken me a long time to overlook the amount of sugar in each … Read more