BLOG Me and my bookcases Aug 18, 2020 After a long wander through the bookcase-less desert, we now have two, standing like beauties on either side of our big front window. This makes me so happy. We did the clever thing of purchasing IKEA bookcases and having someone smart and handy add crown-molding on the top so they look a little bit fancy, … Me and my bookcases Read More » Read More The little big thing that made all the difference Aug 5, 2020 Today I hauled out of hiding my first computer, which was one of the first laptops. It is the Toshiba Satellite T1850C. It weighs pounds. Somewhere around 1995 my father-in-law showed up with it in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Read More Long aimless drives are back Jul 14, 2020 The other night we drove through Lakefield, a beautiful, small town in the Kawartha Highlands. We had just wolfed down "Halifax-style" donairs from Ken's Pizza and Wings, which we had driven past in nearby Peterborough. Read More Bellyaching Jul 3, 2020 The other day while driving on a back highway, Thomas and I passed a turn-off to what I suppose was a farm, marked at the bottom of the gravel lane with a white homemade sign listing what they had for sale. And that was Pies, Peas, Lettuce and Tarts, and in that order. Read More A prayer for minister’s wives Jun 6, 2020 At the very beginning of the pandemic, when someone picked the world upside down and shook it until the coins fell out of her pocket, I wrote a prayer for pastor's wives and recorded it as part of Christianity Today's "Prayer Amid Pandemic" podcast series. Read More As we re-open our hearts Jun 5, 2020 When we open our cottage every year, after its long hibernation, it takes us a little time to bring order and beauty back into our special spot. Read More What I learned about recording an audio book May 22, 2020 On the day before I flew to Chicago I spent some time arranging outfits on my bed for Holly to inspect and approve (or not). I wanted to look professional, yet warm, be comfortable, but not too casual. Read More She wore her elephant costume and she still flourished May 10, 2020 Our daughter, Holly, took ballet, as little girls do. When it was Halloween, their teacher, Miss Lynn, invited them to wear their costumes to class. Every other little girl was a fairy or a princess. Tiaras sparkled. Pink chiffon rustled. It was all delicate sweetness. Except for Holly. Read More Licorice, Flannery O’Connor and I did also get more Lysol wipes May 5, 2020 I actually have no idea what a book launch day is supposed to look like. Maybe they are all like this? Read More I sat like a cat Apr 27, 2020 The other day, at the end of the day, my book The Minister's Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness and more, arrived. All the watching and waiting and drumming of my fingers on the table in the weeks prior did not make it arrive any sooner, as it turned out. Read More My giant zoom head with its terrible hair Apr 22, 2020 Zoom is starting to remind me of going to get my hair cut. How you sit there for an hour or more, looking at yourself in the mirror, thinking about your stupid hair. Read More I cannot read through a pandemic Apr 14, 2020 Once, when I was a kid, my sister burst into my bedroom and yelled at me that my room was on fire. I had placed a rabbit puppet on top of my nightside table reading lamp, and there it smoldered as I read on, page after page, completely oblivious to my burning and beloved toy. Read More 1 2 3 … 15 Next » SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG Receive periodic updates as I post new articles. Name* First Last Email* PhoneThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.