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Early Voting: Use Your Voice

We are in the throes of early voting here in Tennessee. I didn’t realize every state doesn’t have this. I try my best to take advantage of it always because inevitably something happens on election day that interferes with making it to the polls. I tend to...

On Love and Safe Spaces

My daddy was always singing. He sang when he was happy. He sang when he was sad. He sang songs to God. He sang songs to us. The music came from a sweet, sacred space within, seeming to start in his toes and bubble up till it flowed from his lips.  One such tune...

Reframing An Embarrassing Moment

Last night Keith and I took our family to a really nice dinner in celebration of our youngest son’s birthday. We chose a rather expensive place, Jeff Ruby’s, because in December we had received an equally nice gift card that would offset the cost. We were dressed up...

The Day Eternity Begins

Read Ezekiel 12:2, 21-28 (paraphrase mine): "They have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear, but do not hear…what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel, 'The days pass slowly, and every vision fails?…The Sovereign Lord says: I hereby end...

On Looking Better Naked

Have you ever had one of those dreams about being naked in a public place? I have! Not sure what that says about me. Just keeping it real. A young friend popped by yesterday wearing a t-shirt promoting a nutrition and exercise program. It said, “cause everybody...

A Fresh Perspective

The other night Scarlett decided she wanted to play the piano in the living room. Which was great except she was disturbing Henry who was watching a show and wanted to stay close to us all. I offered to set him up in our room to watch from the bed and thought...

Security in the Waves

My four-year-old granddaughter and I were playing in the ocean yesterday. She had on a puddle jumper (super duper flotation device) so we played freely. The waves were pretty manageable and she’s a bold girl. Before I knew it she was drifting farther away than I’d...

It’s the Perfect 10

I pray this is the craziest summer we'll ever encounter. There is no rhyme or reason to what day it is. I have to consult my calendar to even remember the month! June 14 was my birthday and I asked myself, Was it really...

The Perfect Recipe

We’re a family of cooks around here. Oddly, we were married for almost eighteen years before we realized that Keith enjoys cooking like some people enjoy golf. It’s a very calming hobby for him. I know when he starts setting up in the kitchen to bake...

A Note from Quarantine

I have been the primary caregiver to my two precious grandkids in the last few weeks of quarantine. I brought them to our place at the beach because Tennessee weather has been bizarre—warm and sunny one day and cold and rainy the next! I needed some Vitamin...

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