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April 12, 2013

I have locks on the doors in my house, both on interior doors that lead to bathrooms and bedrooms and exterior doors that lead to the outside. The only reasons that interior doors are locked are to ensure privacy or to hide a messy room. …( read more )


October 27, 2012

"Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was heeee …" I can remember singing this song in Sunday School. I loved that song because I was a little girl, and I knew what it felt like … (read more)


September 18, 2012

King David sinned with Bathsheba. The Bible story tells us that King David saw Bathsheba bathing, and he wanted her. So he summoned her and slept with her. When she became pregnant, he tried to cover things up. When that … (read more)

Junk Food

August 23, 2012

I am middle-aged. I used to be slender. Now I am becoming more shapely — box-shaped, that is. I want to get back to the figure I had when I was twenty years old and felt confident walking down the … (read more)

The Shadow Of The Almighty

August 5, 2012

I live on Maui. It's beautiful and temperate most of the time. When the trade winds stop, however, it can become unbearably hot. If I'm on a hike or working outside, I long for shade. When the heat is on, … (read more)

Mug Versus Cup

January 21, 2012

Every morning, I have a cup of tea. I use my favourite mug. It holds 16 ounces and keeps my drink hot. It's ceramic and thick-walled, and the handle can fit all four fingers. The lip on it is rounded … (read more)

The Words Of Mary

December 7, 2011

I don't even remember her name, but I vividly remember the conversation. She was a middle-aged woman, and I was in my early thirties. She spoke English as a second language. We were acquaintances and had agreed to get a … (read more)

Costly Perfume

July 19, 2009

I have a favourite cologne. It's kept in a decorative glass container. Each time I've used it, it brings back memories of times past: special occasions, dinners with friends, dress-up times. I've had this cologne for years. It is not … (read more)

That Which Is Lost

May 21, 2009

The phone rang. "Hello, Kathleen?" "Yes," I answered, bracing myself to deal with a telemarketer. "We have your wallet; you left it at the church." I hadn't even noticed that my wallet was missing. Some good soul had turned it … (read more)

Withered Hand

May 3, 2009

I took a rare day off work recently. My son was in school, and I knew I would have the day alone. I had plans — big plans. I was going to vacuum, dust, do my taxes, write letters, catch … (read more)

Exercising Faith

May 20, 2008

I once read a tidbit on the Internet about a morbidly obese man who was trying to lose weight. He weighed over 1,000 pounds and was bedridden. He cut down on calories and tried to exercise. Exercise was a challenge; … (read more)

Default Settings

January 26, 2007

At home, I have a computer that I bought in 1995. I like it; it's comfortable. I know how to open all my files, how to type a letter and get it to print out, and how to play a … (read more)

Cane Spider

September 13, 2005

Living in the tropics, I've faced my share of creepy critters. I've encountered centipedes, mice, termites, and roaches galore (even flying ones). I don't like them, but I can deal with them. What I cannot tolerate are cane spiders. Cane … (read more)

The Milk Of The Word

August 11, 2005

When I first brought my infant son home from the hospital, I was delighted that he was relatively easy to care for. I'd heard horror stories of ceaseless crying, sleepless nights, and endless feedings. My son loved to sleep — … (read more)


February 2, 2003

I enjoy watching mystery programs on television. I especially love episodes in which a detective goes undercover. It's fascinating that a detective can pretend to be an executive or a waiter or someone else, in order to secretly fulfill another … (read more)

Art From Trash

January 24, 2003

I have a friend, Nan, who enters the annual Art from Trash contest here on Maui each year. Nan takes things that other people throw away and sees the beauty in them. She carefully pieces together faded photographs, bits of … (read more)

Plinkings And Plunkings

July 18, 1999

Although I am by no means accomplished in playing the guitar, I can actually bring pleasant sounds out of it. I am getting better at it. There is a true sense of accomplishment in bringing a tune out of that … (read more)

It's All About Consistency

May 20, 1999

I am learning to play the guitar and it's difficult. When I first began, my fingertips hurt, my thumb cramped, and it sounded terrible. The piece I was learning was supposed to be simple, but to me it was the … (read more)

Directionally Challenged

May 3, 1999

I am what might be called "directionally challenged". I get lost easily when driving in a new area. I know where I've come from, and I know where I want to be. I have a general sense of how to … (read more)

God's Joyful Noises

January 27, 1999

This past summer I drove several hours south along the coast to meet with my in-laws in celebration of my father-in-law's birthday. It would also have been my late husband's birthday, and as I drove along the beautiful Big Sur … (read more)

Cleaning Up For The New Year

January 1, 1999

It is New Year's Day 1998 (yes, 1998) and I feel like a mess. Lately I have been slipping into old habits that I know aren't pleasing to the Lord. I have a rotten cold, the house looks like the … (read more)

Twas The Night Revisited

December 22, 1998

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a-one thought was stirring, not even an ounce; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that some nice presents soon would be there; The children … (read more)

Not Ability But Availability

October 5, 1998

I have been in a holding pattern for many months now, like an airplane that's awaiting the okay to take off. The only trouble is that I don't know where I'm supposed to go or what I'm supposed to do … (read more)

Thoughts On Ham

June 8, 1998

My cat Ham has been a friend and companion since his birth. The year after my husband, Randy, died, Ham came into my life. On the day Ham was born just outside my back door, I held his little life … (read more)


May 28, 1998

I was living in Monterey, California, USA, at the time, 2,000 miles away from the man I loved. The phone rang late one night, waking me up. It was Randy! The minute I heard his voice I was instantly awake. … (read more)

King Of The Hill (2)

May 19, 1998

In the child's game, King of the Hill, the object was to be king. I find that I like to be at the top of my "hill". I like the heady feeling of being in control, of having the best … (read more)

King Of The Hill (1)

May 18, 1998

When I was a child I used to like to play a game called King of the Hill. In this game, there would be a hill, and the person standing at the top of the hill was the "king." The … (read more)

Lessons From The Garden

April 3, 1998

Roses are the showiest plants in my garden. Their blooms are a delight and their fragrance is like a mysterious gift from God. But roses require attention. If left alone, they may survive, but in most cases they grow in … (read more)


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