All Saints

One sign of a healthy church is when its outreach ministries outnumber every other ministry category in the church!  Thankfully this is the case at Emmanuel.  I inherited some of … Continue Reading →


Here’s how I sound on mornings I don’t want to get out of bed; how about you? Direct from The Wolf Conservation Center, this beauty is Alawa, a Canadian/Rocky Mountain … Continue Reading →


Every once in a while the clever folks at Saturday Night Live create a sketch which I can actually post on the blog! It’s a snow day here in Alexandria, … Continue Reading →

The Tipping Point

  When I was fifteen years old an attractive middle-aged woman sidled up next to me in the parcel pick-up lane and stuck a piece of paper in my front … Continue Reading →

How do we say we’re sorry?

  I have been thinking about apologies.   It started when I came across a Congressional apology that was made to Native Americans back in 2009. I have always felt … Continue Reading →

My best response to loss

  As I get older I am learning to trust God more and more. God is (thankfully) winning, but I have to say, it has been a hard-fought battle. I … Continue Reading →

Exercising muscles I’d prefer not to exercise

  Monday, March 13th was my brother Brian’s 53rd birthday. He celebrated it in heaven having died eight years ago of a massive heart attack. I immediately thought of Brian … Continue Reading →

It’s a New Year alright

  I went on a winter hike in the Shenandoah Mountains over New Year’s weekend with a few friends and Brock III. I’ll save sharing about the actual hike for … Continue Reading →

Not always so very merry

  On Sunday, November 20, after I finished up services at Emmanuel, I packed my bags, took Brock to a pet-sitter, and boarded a flight for what some folks refer … Continue Reading →


  So, dear blog readers, where did we leave off? Baby Brock is now eight months old and 80+ pounds of pure energy and joy. Well, mostly joy. Many parts … Continue Reading →