Every Year With Jesus Is A Good Year

I haven't been in the "zone" now for seven months! (Unprecedented!) I have some free time now, which means that I'm energized and more like my normal self. Decluttering--not writing--is currently at the top of my agenda. But I still have two pet projects that I'm determined to publish this year; and since my friends and family… Continue reading Every Year With Jesus Is A Good Year

Madam Secretary Reflects on International Relations and Happy Happenstance

Well, my friends, it's March, and I'm sure we all agree that Old Man Winter has way, way overstayed his welcome. I thought I'd be making espressos or waitressing somewhere and writing web content for a friend. Instead, I'm working in our office, and my current occupation doesn't involve traveling to anywhere except the post office.… Continue reading Madam Secretary Reflects on International Relations and Happy Happenstance

All Bloodlines Lead To Eden

Grandmère is repeating her favorite stories for my enrichment in a tidy room carpeted with green shag. Grandmère has no filter. On TV, Pope John Paul II is pretending to be God. A statue of The Virgin is enshrined among candles in a window. I should kneel in front of it, says Grandmère, and ask… Continue reading All Bloodlines Lead To Eden

Shackleton Was An Old Maid Like Me

There was a winter when it was so cold that the air hurt to breath and made the hair in adult noses crackle. Power lines snapped under the weight of accumulated snow, which completely buried our car, and which we melted in pots on our wood-burning stove because the plumbing was frozen. We heard that… Continue reading Shackleton Was An Old Maid Like Me

A Letter To The Man In Orange

Dear Uncle Bud, How are you? Had any visitors lately? How's your new prosthetic working? Yes, the trip was okay and everyone's fine. Flying with El Al afforded fifteen solid hours to get pre-acclimated to the rich sound of spoken Hebrew. The jet was roomy and clean, the staff professional, the food tasty enough. Most… Continue reading A Letter To The Man In Orange

Beautiful Beulah

"He led me to the gate, the gate looking east, and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the east."--Ezekiel 43:1-2 TLV My favorite place in Jerusalem (thus far) is the eastern gate, known as the Golden Gate or The Gate of Mercy--seen in this picture I took from the Garden… Continue reading Beautiful Beulah