Theocracy or a Business?

I have been staring at the computer, learning new information about nonprofits, business plans, fundraising, and the such.  My goodness, there are graduate programs out there for Master of Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, and Social Work to name a few.  I feel inadequate.  No wonder my head is spinning, and I […]

Corn Bread Dressing

If Jesus came to dinner, I wonder how He would prefer His turkey and cornbread dressing?   Would He like it spicy or mild?  With or without cranberry sauce?  I find people have different opinions of how to make a good pan of dressing, many of which are formed by childhood memories and family heritage […]

Black Friday Deals

“Yep, we really must go to Big Lots this morning if you want that new recliner,” I announced over the phone at 6:45 am this morning.  My grandson was making all the usual “I-refuse-to-wake-up” noises.  (It would be useless to try to write out the sounds and exasperating groans). “Why today?” he grumbled. “Because they […]

Are You Really Here?

“Are you really here?”   John the Baptist  wanted to know. Jesus told the messenger. “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  […]

Preparing For Thanksgiving

Time doesn’t change our traditions much.  People have been celebrating a form of thanksgiving to God for centuries now.  Leviticus 23 teaches Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) was to be a time of bringing in the latter harvest. David Stern says about the Feast of Tabernacles in The Jewish New Testament Commentary: “Families build booths of palm […]

The Widow’s Trust (Mite)

Recently, I talked with two very grateful women who told me of how God had provided for them.  Both are widows.  Both have been living on limited means, more especially since their deceased husbands no longer can provide the two incomes most families need in today’s world. Both women share something in common.  They have […]

Shifting Holidays

Once upon a time we all headed to Grandma’s house for the holidays.  And then Grandma and Grandpa were gone, and the next generation stepped up to the task of preparing holiday meals.  Most of the time there were lots of noises, kids running around, tantalizing smells coming from the kitchen, and men setting around […]

An Empty Tank

It was a long and tiring day today.  I was using the old 1970′ something Chevrolet pickup for hauling some debris. We are continuing to tear down the bungalow.  After finishing the work, I went to the local building supply store and bought some cull 4′ X 8′ plywood for boarding up some windows (at […]

A Trip to City Hall

Its been quite some time since I had business at city hall.  Code and building permit stuff.  It seems bureaucracy has tightened its hold even more in my absence. I brought a check in to pay for a demolition permit, but was unable to get one right away.  One person had to consult with another, […]

The Plastic Jane

I want to talk about a sensitive subject.  Difficulty with control—the bladder kind.  My husband has been embarrassing me for years now, stopping in some of the most incredible places to relieve himself, back roads, in the corner of parking lots, or wherever was handy and presented some cover for modesty (and circumvented a trip […]