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The words written on the heart

It was the headline on every channel and in every newspaper. Amazing how a blue Chanel bag can reveal the character of a person. While on the train platform at…

What was in Grandma’s purse?

The conversation switched from weddings and funerals to purses at our Sunday evening family dinner. I flipped through a stack of 1986 wedding pictures that were sitting on the table.…

Recognizing His voice

A friend recently told me that she had never heard God’s voice. Her statement took me back. It seemed foreign to me. Over the years, I have learned to exercise…

What’s happening under the snow?

I woke up New Year’s Day to snow, snow and more snow. Through our glass patio doors stood leafless trees in their winter fleece. I said to my Sweet Al,…

A look back at The Chair

This year, I selected some of my favorite articles from the past 10 years. In 2009, I wrote about The Chair, which began the saga of My Sweet Al. Reclining…

Your voice, your first sentence

Did you know that when you open a book to read, the first sentence has a specific design? Writers need to capture your attention and not let go of you…

Life is about giving, not getting

Life is about giving, not getting. A personal gift from my 22-year-old grandson prompted this article. He was so excited for me to see his gift that he opened my…

The flame grows stronger through the years

The article I wrote for this week’s edition was like clanging cymbals — no point, no spirit and no love. I moved the pot to the back burner to simmer…

The darkness of winter, the light of spring

I asked my Sweet Al why the broom was still on the front porch. I had asked him to sweep it. “What are you waiting for?” As sincere as he…

He came for all in the family

The mere flicker of a candle may be our brightest light this holiday season. In the midst of the shortest days and the longest nights comes the light to light…