Cheer Yourself On

Grumbling was definitely more my style. I stood high up on the ladder in the bedroom, with a bucket of paint in one hand, and an edging brush in the other. Thirty minutes ago I finished putting all the kids to bed.  Ten minutes ago I finished cleaning the dinner dishes, and packing school lunches […]

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The Fire: This Small Precious Time

You who live in Northern California, I have a question for you.  You, who has lived under the smoke and listened for evacuation orders: what details do you remember from these last few weeks of the fires? Now, here’s another question for the Mama’s: Do you remember your baby’s infancy?  What details do you remember?  The […]

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Return to “Normal”

I finished modifying two N95 breathing masks to fit my childrens’ small faces.  This week their school re-opened.  The principal emailed parents, suggesting we pack masks in our children’s backpacks for them to wear during recess if we were concerned about the smoke from the wildfires that burned up our county.  We were told to […]

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Survivor’s Guilt

I ran away. I did not lose my house.  I was not in the mandatory evacuation zone.  Yet, after 4 days in the smoke, living just miles away from the flames destroying my town, I left.  I don’t wan’t to tell anyone that.  Mine was not a story of heroism.  But also, mine was not […]

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Mama’s of the Fire

The phantom smell of smoke still tingles my nose as I take a deep breath and look out the window of my sister’s house.  The Sierra Nevada’s rise like soldiers outside: lumbering, protecting.  In order to escape the smoke from the fires, I drove my children for hours and hours today to arrive at my […]

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The Gift of Staying

You want to know what I had? I had this great idea for a post.  I was sure it would be a hit.  Then, I bounced this idea off my husband, and he smiled and said, “Huh.  Well, that’s just normal to me.  That’s how I grew up.” *crickets crickets* Well it’s not how I […]

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How Do Other Writers Do This?

It may take these little – not big – chunks of time, and a habit of plain-old sitting down to write – often – to create great works.

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Be Interrupted

  It was 10 a.m. when I finally pulled away from my kids’ school for the day.  Shuffling the kids out of the car earlier that morning, my daughter exclaimed from the back seat, “Mom!  I don’t have my backpack!”  A quick search revealed she left it hanging on the hook at home: fully packed […]

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Brain Charges: Dropped

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”  Romans 8:33-34 Who will bring a charge against […]

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Losing Baby’s Infancy, and All of My Good Ideas

It’s lost.  All of it.  After days of waiting and hours spent on the phone with tech support, some of the most important things in the world to me are gone forever.  I found some things in the process too, but oh how much I lost! I thought, in this modern age, things like that […]

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