Notes from Jan

Springtime Sunshine

Shared lunch with a new friend last week. Friend: So how’s the diet coming? Dieter: Had one egg for breakfast. Friend: Scrambled? Dieter: Cadbury I can hear my son, “Mom, just say it was a joke instead of trying to make it sound like…

March 20, 2019
Notes from Jan

Time to Tithe

Growing up Baptist left me almost as ignorant of this sacred season as my granddaughter, Maggie. When she was four years old and a recent comer with Jud and me to the Episcopal church, Maggie joined a Sunday School class of beginners. When asked,…

March 11, 2019
Notes from Jan

A Poem, Potbelly Stove and Penance

In winters before we left DeKalb, Illinois, radiators clanked and hissed warm greetings, fed by the coal furnace in the basement of the parsonage on Grove Street. After Daddy answered “the call” to a Southern Baptist church in rural Georgia, we learned of different…

February 26, 2019
Notes from Jan

Winter Whine

Garrison Keillor, a Minnesotan, recently reminded us wimps, “It’s winter, not the tribulation!” Yet, here I sit, hiding out in my room in Palm Desert. It’s cold outside, in the 50s. “Unseasonably,” according to the weather woman. I’ve spotted some Canadians in the pool,…

February 22, 2019
Notes from Jan

When Love is a Four Letter Word

Still find myself looking at cards for husbands and lovers. Good I found both in the same man. No need to buy two, or any for that matter, now that Jud’s gone Home. Jud never was that into Hallmark cards, but he was into…

February 20, 2019
Notes from Jan

True Love

Fell asleep last night thinking about love, not because today is Valentine’s Day but due to the chapter I’d just finished reading on Dr. Paul Brand. The chapter’s one of thirteen “unlikely mentors” in Philip Yancey’s book, Soul Survivor.  (All quotes are from this book.) It…

February 14, 2019
Notes from Jan

Agony, Ecstasy and All That’s In-between

Never was a big fan of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. It’s too dark and scary for me, even though it’s not a bad idea to explore the consequences of our wishes through familiar fairy tales. I’m with C. S. Lewis who said, ” Some day…

February 13, 2019
Notes from Jan

Life After Pizza

I love pizza. True, there are healthier things to eat or, I suppose, you could eat just one slice with a generous serving of kale on the side. My love affair goes back to a hole-in-the-wall place called, Freddie’s,  in the town of Wheaton, Illinois.…

February 7, 2019
Notes from Jan

The Rest of the Lego Litany

That one flew off before I’d finished it. That’s what I get for falling asleep on the key to “publish.” To state the obvious, before napping, I’d been reflecting on how it’s too easy to limit ourselves and others, like folks did to Jesus…

February 4, 2019