God the Father and Father’s Day…it’s complicated.

Father’s Day is this week, which for many will mean cookouts and fun gifts for the dad in their life. Others will celebrate father figures and surrogate fathers by calling them or Facetiming or Zooming. There will be some shared stories and laughter and perhaps a hearty dose of nostalgia.But for others it can be…

Book Signing Coming Up!

Please join me June 20 in Gainesville for a book signing and to learn about some other fabulous local writers! See flyer for details:

Companions and Sources of Consolation

During the season of Easter we have heard stories in the lectionary from the Acts of the Apostles about the experiences of those who first took the good news of the gospel out into the world. One of those early heroes, who has a feast day this week on Saturday, June 11, is Saint Barnabas….

Molotov Cocktail

Who were you before this moment? Before the Russians rewrote your whole person? Before this moment you were someone else. Someone other than the ruddy faces woman mixing Molotov cocktails to defend your country. Yesterday you might have mixed vodka tonics for your book club or poured out horilka to toast a friend’s birthday. Your…

How to buy Phe NOW

Hey, friends! I know some people are struggling to order Phe right now. Thanks to all of you, the algorithms were wrong and online sellers didn’t buy enough stock for the initial release! While that’s awesome, it means many of them show it as “out of stock” or “currently unavailable.” Barnes and Noble isn’t even…

Sacrificing Busyness

Every Monday morning I share a reflection with our leadership team on campus. I try to find something that speaks to the season we’re in or to the particular work of the people in that room. This past week I started my search by thinking about spring, then the tensions in Ukraine, then the grief…

Leave Up the Tree, Paint Some Eggs, or Carve a Pumpkin. It’s your joy!

It’s the season after Epiphany. We finally toted our Christmas tree down to the basement yesterday. It’s almost February and, I suppose, “past” time to put the Christmas trappings away but we were enjoying it and honestly didn’t have time and had even less energy for it before now.Before Christmas we observed an annual tradition…

Phe is available for presale! (Updated List)

After four years of (very slow) work, I finally published Phe and the Work of Death! It is a novella about a death presence who is a companion for souls from the moment of death to the moment they pass to whatever is next. For now, I have hard copies and it’s available for purchase…

Phe: Chapter 1

Hello, friends. I haven’t been posting as regularly but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. This summer has kept me busy writing for a church I supplied for and other things. Over the past 2-3 years I’ve been writing a story and have decided to share some with you. It is a novella called…

Leaving Alone to Heal

I love orchids but have never had much luck with them. Most of them have died under my care and certainly never produced another bloom. I read about them and it made me anxious about caring for them. Some advise a strict watering regiment and others say no water but ice cubes, please! Then there…