Notes from Jan

The Power of Words

The bulky birthday package took its time coming from California, laden with homemade cards, photos, book, and poems by Basil and Luke, school assignments included for this grateful grandmother. Both grandsons chose nature as image bearer for their words. Made me want to send…

July 1, 2019
Notes from Jan

Good to Know

Not all of us wake, stretch, leap from our beds and shout, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24 KJV) Memorized it years ago, back when it was easier to learn and…

June 22, 2019
Notes from Jan

Laughter for Sale

There’s a shop in Maine that sells tiles. Not the usual kind for kitchen and bathrooms, though the salesperson said someone bought enough to make a serious statement in their bathroom. The tiles have quotes, most worth repeating. I suppose, reading the handwriting on…

June 17, 2019
Notes from Jan

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

It’s a beauty of a morning at my Perch with breeze blowing off the Atlantic’s sun dappled waters. Feel like singing, twirling about (cautiously) on the deck, arms spread wide like Julie Andrews in the opening scene of The Sound of Music, only I’d…

June 8, 2019
Notes from Jan

Blessings with a Side of Bacon

Yesterday I aged as gracefully as possible. My birthday, not I, fell on a Sunday, which helped. Driving to church, I found myself praying for God’s Spirit to show up, probably prompted by the banner at Our Lady of the Good Voyage Catholic church…

June 3, 2019
Notes from Jan

Raw Redemption

Our book group met last night to discuss PLAINSONG by Kent Haruf. It’s not for all with its raw and seedy parts. But, like life, the story reveals grace from the unlikely, as well as graphic reminders of what it means to be human, both…

May 29, 2019
Notes from Jan


The statue rests at the confluence of three rivers in Pittsburgh. The sculpture’s of a kind and gentle man, neither a saint, as usually defined, nor a war hero, just a good man. We know him as Mr. Rogers, who for decades through PBS,…

May 23, 2019
Notes from Jan

Something for Nothing

Just outside the bathroom in a small alcove hangs the family bulletin board, displaying art, photos, schedules and various postings. My eyes were drawn to an assignment sheet from Basil’s third grade class. “GENEROSITY: Make a list of some things you can give or…

May 17, 2019
Notes from Jan

A Heart to Heart Talk

Mary, I’ve been wondering. Before word reached you about Jesus being alive, your Jesus, but never just yours, had you stopped weeping and started expecting good to happen, again? Did shards of words, dug up from ancient prophecies and psalms, dapple your sleep with…

May 9, 2019
Notes from Jan

Grace-Full Landing

Maybe the Easter story won’t let loose of me because we’re still studying Matthew in Community Bible Study. It’s possible. Whatever the reason, the stories within The Story grip me. While the disciples hid, a couple of courageous women, headed to the tomb, only to discover…

May 4, 2019