The Blog.

For the Joy of Lucille.

The joy of Lucille is infectious. “She’s the life of the party,” they say. “Your mom has the best laugh,” I hear. “She’s the happiest person on the floor.” The […]

Her Outrageous Family.

“It’s family,” she said with a shrug. Looking in her eyes I knew exactly what Amanda meant. What she didn’t say, what she couldn’t say was “Hey, it’s family, so […]

Mother Smudger.

“We’re smudging,” he said loudly. His friends nodded in bobble-headed agreement as if we needed convincing. Daniel and I shrugged in unison. We’d just come down a long hill on the […]


Some people dip their toes when trying something new. I cannonball. All in or all out. This approach works well for me in things like getting healthy, learning software, or […]

30 Days of No Hustle.

On January 4, 2016 I was supposed to start Jon Acuff’s 30 Days of Hustle Challenge. It seemed like the right thing to do. I love Acuff’s writing style, sense of humor, and social […]

The Pearl.

A pearl is a rare and precious thing. Unlike other highly valued gems formed deep underground, natural pearls can only be created by living things. Mollusks. And, yes, humans have come […]

Still Standing.

We sat in our favorite Florida church a few weeks ago and heard a pastor say, “People will tell you to ‘hang in there’ when life gets tough, but I’d encourage […]