A Hymn for Everyone and Everyone for a Hymn

“What do the Patons think about and talk about on dreary winter afternoons,” wondered no one, ever. Well, I’ll tell you anyway. We make lists. I myself am a great connoisseur of the To-Do variety of lists. But from time to time we come up with the “Lists of the Absurd.” Advertisements

Siblings…Divine Humor?

In light of my brother’s upcoming birthday… It is a truth universally acknowledged that in a family with more than one progeny, those siblings must be opposites. And, in most sibling cases, I mean opposite in the truest sense of the word. Not just somewhat different. I mean opposite as in the opposite of Night…

If I’d Only Known….

Dear Friend, This has been a week of loss for so many.  I’ve heard sad news, bad news, scary news from so many corners of the world in the last seven days, it’s hard to keep up. I feel like I’ve been in a perpetual state of prayer and worry. The other day I needed…

Joy in the morning

Dear Friend, It’s been an odd week here at our home in the woods—mainly owing to the fact that all the men in the house have been sick with chesty coughs and sore throats. The air is full of the scent of Vicks© and the whimpers and whines of the plagued—none have gone “quietly into…

In the beginning was the word….

Dear Friend, For a year now, I have had it in my mind to start a blog. And here I am on Friday, January 8, 2016, nearly a year after conceiving this idea, writing my first post.  As you can see, I’m a fast mover. I love words. The family joke is: when we were…