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
Notes from Jan

One Way to Grow Older

Chad leaned over during the hymn and whispered in my better ear, “Mom, it’s time you start singing melody. You’re starting to sound like Dad.” What?! Moi? Someday I’m gonna buy him a baseball cap I saw on a friend in California. It read,”MAMA…

April 26, 2019
Notes from Jan

Saturday Matters on Monday

Saturday, while preparing for Easter dinner and arranging Forsythia in a vase, I found myself wondering what Saturday was like for Mary. Mary, did friends and neighbors come with casseroles, like happens here when someone dies? Where were you staying, since Nazareth was home? Did…

April 22, 2019
Notes from Jan

A New Maundy

Lent’s on its last legs, the final days of giving up, if we haven’t already given in to impulses and habits. Tonight some of us will go to church, not because we’re so holy, more because we’re needy and grateful for something we don’t…

April 18, 2019
Notes from Jan

A Story Worth Retelling

Winding my way up the hill towards home, I noticed the graveyard to my left. Not new to me, but familiarity sometimes blinds me to life, even in a cemetery. I slowed, noticing fresh flowers and other signs someone was remembered. Recently, a speaker…

April 14, 2019
Notes from Jan

An AMAZING Thought or Two

The box read,”You’re AMAZING.” I swallowed the message with my morning coffee. Today’s Monday and a dreary one, when anything remotely encouraging comes as a gift, which it was. Not like I’d never seen the pink boxes as I’d scooted past the cosmetics counters,…

April 8, 2019
Notes from Jan

Lost In Wonder

Someone placed a sunflower in the hand of the statue of St. Francis, who’s rooted in the garden outside our church. When I noticed the addition of the flower today, I thought Francis looked lost in wonder, which is how I’ve felt for the…

March 31, 2019
Notes from Jan


What a great idea you had, God, a Sabbath, day like no other. If You needed to hit the pause button, how much more do we, workaholics, worrywarts, and wizened ones need a day of rest and reflection. “I was glad when they said…

March 25, 2019