Author Archive

A Friend Of Darkness

Monday, February 5, 2018

Readers of a certain age will recognize the following quotation from The Sound of Silence, a #1 hit song from 1966 by the duo Simon and Garfunkel. {Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk to you again. – Paul Simon} I was … Read more

Traffic Jams And Big Trucks

Saturday, March 4, 2017

I had been working at the computer all day, finishing up a writing assignment. My eyes were tired and dry, but I had an important evening appointment. Since I live in LA — Los Angeles, California, USA — there was only one way to get … Read more

Not Alone

Monday, November 28, 2016

The second I started singing "O, come, O come, Emmanuel," I knew that I was in trouble. It was going to be difficult, of course, but this soon? The first hymn of the first Sunday in Advent, 2015, and already I was crying. How was I, a … Read more

A Path Through The Water

Saturday, October 1, 2016

I was visiting my brother and his wife in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, USA. Los Angeles, California, where I live, has been in the grip of drought for five years, so you can imagine my measureless delight in the seemingly endless lakes, … Read more

Mission: Impossible

Friday, January 30, 2009

I was delighted to discover that an obscure cable television channel is showing reruns of one of my favorite old shows, Mission: Impossible. From the unique theme song to the plan and the payoff, I was always on the edge … Read more

Mighty Words, Mighty Works

Monday, September 29, 2008

Every now and again, for no particular reason, as I'm doing some ordinary task such as putting away leftovers or getting into the car — snap! Suddenly I'm in debilitating pain, and I can't straighten up. It's my back again. … Read more

Higher Ground

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The church choir in which I sing has been practicing a new setting for the hymn "Higher Ground", a very strong and rhythmic tune. I have found myself singing this song quite a lot in the last week or two. … Read more

Say My Name

Friday, November 10, 2006

The e-mails from my dad in the last few months have been distressing. As he described my mother's physical and mental decline, I was torn between wanting to travel to Chicago to see her and fearing what I would find: … Read more

The White Field

Saturday, February 18, 2006

My husband and I had been to a Christian banquet and had heard a most inspiring evangelistic preacher talk about his work. The dinner was held at a Los Angeles restaurant perched high on a hill. Each banquet room has … Read more

I Used To Know That God

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Today I saw a presentation by a representative of the Gideons. He told about the miracles he sees all over the world when he does one simple thing: placing the Scriptures in the hands of ordinary people. Sometimes he only … Read more

Can Sinners Serve?

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

I have always identified with Peter. I, too, tend to behave impulsively, depend too much on my own wisdom, and talk too much whether I know what I'm saying or not. And then, when given a chance to witness, I'm … Read more


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