when the back road is the right road

hazy back road

The road of obedience often runs through back roads that look nothing like success, where no one in the visible world is applauding.  The Lord doesn’t require us to succeed where we’re sent: only that we serve where we’re sent. We supply the service: the success is God’s to define, and to fulfill, when and as … Read morewhen the back road is the right road

slow down for beauty

sedum, close up

You might miss these tiny rosy spikes of sedum if you walked by too quickly. In the winter garden, you’ve got to really look to find color and life: slow down, look under dead leaves, lean in close. But that makes it all the more beautiful.  My mom would have been 90 this month. Alzheimer’s … Read moreslow down for beauty

fave recipe: very veggie tuna salad

tuna salad with lots of veggies

My favorite salad, variation number 83 (or something like that). It’s like summer in a bowl, and I need that right now! #kansaswinter This is one of the top three most-visited recipes on my food blog. It’s a delicious way to add lots of veggies to your day. There’s a core recipe, but lots of … Read morefave recipe: very veggie tuna salad

hollow and broken places

“It is in winter that trees reveal what they most truly are….. the wounds that trees have suffered in their lives, hollow places, and the decay.” – Allen Lacy, Farther Afield “I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.” – Atticus “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – … Read morehollow and broken places

there will be broken glass

Poem: There will be broken glass. With it, you can slit your wrists, or hang it in the last sliver of light and bathe in rainbows. Choice is yours. - b.

This was timely for me, this lovely, profound poem by @sometimesphoenix.* A few days ago, I experienced something that felt like failure. And honestly, I let it sting, for about the first 12 hours. The next morning, I sat down with the Word and my journal, and looked straight at it. I began to see … Read morethere will be broken glass

the whole earth is filled, and so am I

sun lighting up a field of weeds

Last weekend, I went to a writer’s conference, a 3-hour drive from home. I arrived at my hotel a bit before sunset, and having spent the entire day indoors or on the road, I decided to sit outside and enjoy what sun was left before checking in. Next to the hotel was this field of … Read morethe whole earth is filled, and so am I

clearing your head

yellow leaves on deck

How often do we need to renew our minds? I was thinking about this yesterday while sweeping our deck. There are a couple mature trees near our deck, and their branches hover over the deck. They provide lovely shade — but also leaves. If I don’t keep the deck swept, leaves get tracked into the … Read moreclearing your head

fave recipe: keto strawberry shortcake

strawberry shortcake

I grew up eating a version of strawberry shortcake made, not with sweet sponge cake, but with quick biscuits. We had this every year when strawberries were being picked on my grandma’s farm. (Is it a midwest thing? A farm thing? An English or German thing?) To me, this is the only way to have … Read morefave recipe: keto strawberry shortcake

for the recovering perfectionist

blackout poem; would perfection be enough?

Making a blackout poem is totally different from every other form of creativity I’ve practiced. When I sit down, I have no notion of what the topic will be or where the words will take me. When I made this blackout poem and these words surfaced, I thought, huh! Working on it. My brand of … Read morefor the recovering perfectionist