Marks of a Healthy Teenager

A hundred years ago, the term teenager wasn’t used—at least not in everyday circles. Instead, people were either children or adults, usually distinguished by marriage and/or “leaving the farm”. With the Industrial Revolution and mandatory high-school attendance, the gap years between 12 and 20 became something more significant. Now, teens could choose to go work […]

Doing Nothing

I’m reading though a book, taking notes and prepping for a possible creative-writing course for the next school year. My daughter, fixing and fiddling in the kitchen, asks her brother a question, “What’s Dad doing?” “Oh, nothing,” is his response. He returns to his drawing. “Nothing?” she asks.“Well, he’s playing chess online,” he clarifies. And […]

Deborah, Abigail, Esther, Xena, and Other Warrior Princesses, This is for You

My parents raised a good, Christian girl–a homeschooled, preacher’s kid for the first 16 years of my life (I found a lot of identity in that label). I understood the Mary and Martha illustration better than most and knew that a pure life was the highest calling. On the flip side, I was naive, easily […]

This Moment

Yesterday, my middle child came downstairs while I was fixing supper and wandered around. Knowing his love language is physical touch and he needed some attention, I asked if he wanted to snuggle. Exhausted from the day, I dropped to the couch, and he plopped on top of me. At 11, he’d probably be mortified […]

Grabbing the Unraveled Threads

Haven’t written much lately. Haven’t much felt like it. Can you relate to the mood? December brought Covid, cancelled holidays, nearly a month of quarantining and an ER and hospital stay. As soon as that “was over”, I had to jump back into work, teaching, co-op, and the kids’ schedule. I don’t think my spirit […]

I Should Have Seen It Coming…

Before Christmas, I started watching a film called 12 Dates of Christmas (imagine if Groundhog Day hooked up with Hallmark and you’d have a clear picture). Ironically, I didn’t finish it for several days. By then, our days started to look like mirror cousins. Aside from an emergency trip to the hospital involving a two-day […]