February 22, 2020

I rose early in the morning, made tea, then hit the road. “Jesus, please give me a smooth two hour trip to Jackson, Tennessee.” I asked.

At the back of my mind, memories of breaking down three times on the interstate still haunted me and although I tried not to white-kn...

February 22, 2020

The best thing about February 23 are the cream filled raisin buns made from scratch in Scandinavian households. The fastelaven celebration harks back to Scandinavian ancient, pagan culture although later, the Reformation attempted to add Christian meaning to it....

February 15, 2020

Thrashing in bed and suffering from a bout of food poisoning last Saturday all I could think about was finding relief. When night fell, even though my physical symptoms persisted, the darkness seeping in through the window felt soothing. The strained muscles around my...

February 9, 2020

My coping mechanism has in large part been adopted from the snail. When life feels hard I hole up, shut down and invent a million excuses to avoid doing things I don't want to do.

Winter is an example. 

As a kid, I made up my mind that I abhor the cold, the dark season.

W...

January 8, 2020

When New Year's rolls around inside my parent's white clapboard house nestled at the bottom of a mountain in Norway, mumbled prayers can be heard.

Why?

Because on a bitter, cold New Year's Eve in 1960, my Mom and Dad got married and started a tradition.. 

T...

December 24, 2019

(Please allow for artistic liberties as I share what Mary may have experienced..)

2019 years ago.

The Jews groaned silently under the heavy yoke of Roman rule, careful to hide their feelings so they wouldn't risk jail or worse. While the rulers and their protegees grew f...

December 21, 2019

Do you feel as if you're the giddy character in a Hallmark movie whose stress and sorrow are magically vanishing this Christmas?

I don't. When Hewitt and I went tree hunting, instead of laughter, snow, and jingle bells, the first sales lot had suffered a raid and was em...

December 14, 2019

Take a deep breath and come sit on top of this mountain with me, will you? 

If you are like our family, presents are starting to pile up, demanding to be wrapped for Christmas. As grand kids and in-laws join our family of 7, my list is expanding. 

In the m...

December 8, 2019

32 years ago Hewitt and I spent our honeymoon in Israel. After sailing on the Sea of Galilee and photographing the Capernaum synagogue ruins we went shopping in ancient Jerusalem, While winding down narrow, cobblestone streets and entering tiny shops we a 2000 year old...

December 5, 2019

"Will you have 6 kids?" The handsome American eyed me while parakeets chirped by the poolside in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on the western tip of West Africa.

I laughed. Was this Hewitt Tomlin's idea of courting me?

32 years and 7000 diapers in October he asked me fo...

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