What else are we missing?

It’s possible to see something every day and miss its beauty? We know what it is like to be so familiar with something that we don’t actually see it. Or … Continue Reading →

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 →