The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity. I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me. I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up
Many years ago, when I was in high school, I wrote a few chapters of a YA novel. I was sure at the time that my creative talent would soon launch my multi-million dollar/best-seller novelist career. And maybe it would have, if pre-calculus hadn’t taken up all my time my senior year. But probably not. … Continue reading High School Revisited (part 2)
I really enjoyed ushering in 2019 with great friends and musicals karaoke. We had more delicious food than we could eat in one night, so I haven’t had to cook two more nights in a row this week. As much as I love to cook, the break is very welcome. But today it is back … Continue reading New Year, New You?
Well, all is calm and all is bright at the Beene’s again this Christmas afternoon. The pork for the tamales is in the crock pot, so I know there will be some excitement later when I teach my son how to roll them, but for the most part, we’re just relaxing. My husband and I … Continue reading Merry Christmas – and Happy Holidays too!
I wasn't born until 1970, but this story speaks to a journey I have heard from many. Different times and places, but important points of connection. via A Tale of Two Jacks
I spent the first few hours of my writing retreat on the beach reading my high school writing notebook. It has a couple of poems I didn’t write (think Thriller: circa 1983) and Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech that I had to memorize for a high school humanities class. I … Continue reading High School Revisited
I wasn’t sure if I’d hear it again – the distinctive rattle that for weeks when we first moved to Savannah we could not identify. It literally shook the house and seemed like maybe the fireplace was falling in. What could make that reverberating jackhammer sound on the metal chimney pipe. Of course, we soon … Continue reading Woodpecker
I’m missing Halloween at home this year, which is a little sad, because I love the friends we celebrate with. Their daughter is the same age as my son and they’re going out in paired costumes as Peanut Butter (my son) and Jelly. I even made a peanut hat out of burlap before I left … Continue reading Happy Halloween
Twenty plus years ago I studied German in college. What I remember was enough to get my family and I safely through a wonderful family trip to Southwest Germany last month, but there were always words here and there to trip me up. One lovely afternoon we were walking around Titisee, a beautiful lakeside town … Continue reading Ruhepark
About a week ago, people in Savannah, Georgia, where I live, were panicking. Two years in a row we have had hurricanes hit in our area after decades of watching others deal with the effects of these deadly storms. Before Hurricane Matthew in 2016, there was almost a universal belief that something about the Savannah … Continue reading Before the Storm
As you read this, I will be in Germany for a friend’s wedding. I am leaving my laptop behind and sticking to pen and paper for my writing. I hope to return with some tales of my travels and a spiritual insight or two that we all can share. As I prepare to leave, I … Continue reading On My Way Again: Thoughts on Enough