What’s Your Default?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times: I’m a control freak by nature and–thank you, Mom–by nurture as well. It’s what I’ve defaulted to time and time again when chaos threatens the order of my world. I also default to Oreos and milk before bed,...

How to Get a Spiritual Six-Pack

She had no beauty, distinction or grace to attract us to her, nothing in her appearance for which she might be desired. Familiar with both sorrow and suffering, she was actually reviled and rejected by men. Like someone from whom men avert their eyes in disgust, she...

Fit & Fiercely Faithful at 50

On reflection of this my 50th birthday, I say “Where in the world did the time go?” I remember when I was 16 thinking that 50 was so old. And now I think, 50 is so young, because I still feel 16 on the inside. I probably have another 50 years in me if I keep up with...

Happy Thanks-taking

I’m the lucky one this Thanksgiving. I’m not hosting—I’m the hostee. My girls and I are visiting a friend in Atlanta this week. I’m ecstatic because that means I don’t have to clean my house for anyone. It makes me wonder if my Georgian hostess is scrubbing her...

The Gift of Pain

When I was a child, my dad used to take me out on our boat and he’d let me steer. It was scary on the vast Atlantic Ocean, but my dad who was 6’4” and who I believed could do anything, stood at my side and pointed to a place far off on the horizon. “That’s where we’re...

Homey Birthday to Me

I turned three-years-old yesterday. Three years as a homeschooling mom, an occupation I swore I would never have. And yet here I am. It’s been quite a four-fold learning experience as teacher, counselor, principal, and cafeteria chef to my two daughters, grades 4th...

Ball ‘n’ Chain in the Rearview Mirror

I learned to drive on a stick-shift. Jerk-jerk-jerk. If you thought moving forward could give you whiplash, you’ve never had your head snapped while looking behind you. Talk about getting a crick-neck! When I finally took Driver’s Ed in high school, we had automatic...

Impotent All

You want to know powerlessness? Try explaining to an autistic child why he can’t play his computer because the electricity went out. If you lived in Florida for any length of time and experienced even an exterior band of one of our tropical storms, you know...