Apparently I’m “All the Rage”

My email stopped working on my phone last week. Just stopped. I’d touch the envelope icon on my touch screen that magically brings up whatever the icon represents and my email would appear for 1.3 seconds and then disappear again. I’ve learned over the years about re-booting. I’ve learned that it even works on dishwashers…

Choosing Rest

The Sunday before the Fourth of July, I preached sitting on a stool. It was a bell-ringer stool that I borrowed from the bell choir because it was handy. There are a surprising number of handy things behind those moveable walls at the front of the sanctuary. I sat on a stool to preach because…

Sometimes, We Just Can’t.

So this happened… It’s not supposed to look like that. That’s not how it looks when it’s fulfilling its intended purpose. That’s not how it looks when it is tested on a regular basis, cleaned, and annually refilled with a new 9-volt battery. That is, however, how it looks when a person comes home from…

Living Gratefully Together

Sometimes I forget what it means to live gratefully. I get caught up in difficult details and painful tasks and hear polarizing news and voices on every side that are frightened of losing something and the strident cries about winning hit my ears like fingernails on a chalkboard. That’s probably why dry erase boards were…

Family, Tragedy, Strength

Families are kind of an enigma really. How we define them, how we connect with them. How they change over time and experience and generation. How our expectations of what family is “supposed” to be and what the reality actually is. How we see families reflected on social media, television, movie screen, and all the…

Nanette’s Top Ten “Surgi-Learnings”

It’s my three-week surgiversary, and I can safely say it has been unlike any experience I have ever had in my life. Sometimes old dogs have to learn new tricks whether they ever thought they needed to or not. I’ve tried to share that with Bud and the cats but they are even less amenable…

Living on the Edge

Living on the edge. That was the first thing I thought when I glanced outside a few mornings ago and saw Ringo, for reasons only a feline might know, crouched on the outside of the protective railing of my deck a full story up from ground level. The deck is perfectly safe, a nice size,…

Why I Don’t Make My Kids Dress Up For Church (Anymore)

My oldest son appeared in the kitchen, “ready to go.” He was wearing a too-small pair of shorts, mismatched holiday socks (one Halloween and one Christmas), and his shirt was on inside out and backwards. I’m not even kidding; I can’t make this stuff up. I paused, trying to disguise my shock and concern, trying…

Why Not Goldfish?

  I continue to be intrigued by people with great vision. When speaking of people with vision, Gandhi talked about resilience – the ability, commitment, and flexibility to continue the course while making needed changes to unexpected situations that happen along the way. According to Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they mock you, then…

Just Because We Can

Just because we can doesn’t always mean we should. When do we learn that lesson? One of those life things that we learn along the way? One of my friends has suggested for years that we collaborate on a book entitled Things You Can’t Tell People. I think one of them is that just because…

Defining What It Is To Be Blessed

Maybe for a minute think about what makes you happy. A sunny day? Playing a sport? Walking outside? Lunch with a friend? A nice wine with dinner? Remember Jesus was the one who changed water into wine, just sayin’. A trip to the beach, the mountains, western Kansas? (Maybe that last one’s just me). Watching…

A Day Is a Day, and We Want More of Those

Dark, rainy days most often make me want to hunker down inside and read with my animals surrounding me – in my imagination it’s a Norman Rockwell print of peace and tranquility in the animal kingdom. The truth is Buddy gets as excited to walk in the rain as he does in the sunshine when…