When Life Is Aflame With Hard Things — Ashes

It’s enough to make a woman give up traveling. A month ago, during a much-anticipated trip to Nashville, TN, to spend the weekend with our four sons, I wound up languishing for 24 hours in a hospital with cardiac issues. Fast-forward to last week’s long-awaited trip to Chicago for the Moody Bible College Founders Week –– …

Giving Thanks for Family Stories

There’s still turkey in the fridge, but Thanksgiving has officially given way to Christmas. I’ve done some cyber-shopping and boxes of ornaments and lights will be opened so the halls can be decked some time this week. But until then, I’m lingering over memories of Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember, we’ve piled our turkey, sweet potatoes and …

What’s Brewing? In Search of the Perfect Blend

On a recent trip to Chicago to visit my son and daughter-in-law, I visited two coffee shops. In the same day. Whenever I’m traveling, I love checking out coffee shops, soaking up the unique ambiance, people-watching and, of course, snagging a good cup of coffee. A coffee shop that stands out in recent memory is Headquarters, …

Remembering Uncle Bill and His Legacy of Love

There were those crazy red neon lips atop the billboard on Lakeshore Drive. And the alley by the brick high school where we played games on summer nights. That walk to the little park with the swimming pool that would be full of local kids. Warm, fragrant “dilly” bread, rich chicken soup with doughy “rivels” …