Settle down.

Someone recently told me about a movie they saw in which its 24-year-old lead character was in need of some life guidance. She felt lost, she felt like she didn’t have a purpose. The commentary surrounding this movie went something like this: “It was just a weird movie, because the character was 24. Aren’t you supposed to be […]

Goodwill.

When something is gone, we often mourn its loss: friend, a spouse, a prized possession, maybe something we had only for a short while but which made an impact upon us. I was thinking recently that I need to take stock of what’s in my closet, maybe some storage areas in the house. Time to […]

The Voiceless

I don’t actually remember this happening, as tends to be the case when something traumatic or core-shaking happens to me, but the story goes as follows. I was in fifth or sixth grade and had just started attending a Lutheran school. One day, for some reason, the topic during a class discussion turned to animals […]

The Show

Bruce Hornsby is one of my favorite musicians, and “The Show Goes On” is one of his songs that I adore the most. There’s something about the way the piano slowly, quietly introduces the song, then builds into something that’s both contemplative and sure, confused yet hopeful. It’s a fitting melody and appropriate title for a […]

Reason in Chaos

When you least expect it, the tide can change — in either direction. One moment it all seems so daunting; it all seems so endless. There’s a mountain before you — maybe even an entire range — and you wonder how you’ll ever move it. Truth: It’s not meant to be moved. It’s there to […]

Handle with care.

You know that line that’s often printed on a box or tape? It signals to others that there’s fragile, sometimes highly valuable cargo inside. Handle with care. We heed its warning and treat the items accordingly. We protect them, guard them and can’t wait to show them off or display them with pride. Breakable. We […]

What about the guy?

I’m hearing a phrase more and more these days, and it’s a bit troubling to me. “Happy wife, happy life.” Really? I’ve been familiar with it for years, but I heard it in a Weight Watchers commercial tonight, I’ve heard it on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters and I often hear it in casual […]

Marry-weather.

It’s been said that you shouldn’t marry the person you can live with, but that you should marry the one you can’t live without. I think we can add to that, don’t you? Marry not the person who simply brings something to the table, but who can also bring something to your soul during the […]

Home.

What a week. I spent Monday in tears at the thought of having to put down my new rescue, Tucker. Red, puffy eyes gave way to a pounding headache that afternoon. At the vet that evening, I took goodbye photos of my brave, young little kitty. I was certain we were at the end. But […]