Those Cherry Red Lipstick Hearts

friendsPeople ask what it’s like to have a niece who’s older than me. I just shrug. I mean, most of the time I don’t think about it. Sometimes Kerri’ll try bossing me around cuz she’s older. I hate that, cuz it doesn’t work if I remind her that I’m the aunt and she’s the niece. Makes it kinda hard to command respect. I mean, how do you get your niece to call you Auntie Emily when she’s older than you and three inches taller? Yeah, I’m younger and small for my age. Ugh. Double whammy. [Read more…]

Elevator Pitch for Your Blog – #31DBBBDay1

PrintWhat is an Elevator Pitch?

Imagine you’re in an elevator with someone you’ve never met before. You have only the time it takes to go a few floors, to describe your business or your blog. With that time limit, it has to be short and succinct.

The challenge is, how do you say just enough, but not all, so you leave the person wanting to interact with you again? [Read more…]

An Awesome Discovery

PrintThis is the story of an amazing day, spent a couple of miles north of home, at a neighbourhood potluck at Don and Irene’s farm. It happened 5 years ago. Don and Irene moved to town shortly after that, and Don has since passed away. I wish we could have taken pictures of them and their wonderful works of art.

Written in July 2010… [Read more…]

31 Days to Build a Better Blog – #31DBBB

31 Days to Build a Better Blog 2nd edition - by Darren Rowse

31 Days to Build a Better Blog 2nd edition – by Darren Rowse

Two months ago, I took on a challenge of epic proportions. I joined Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge!

Writing is my passion — but I hadn’t done much in six years. I wanted to overcome writer’s block, and regain my former spontaneity in writing every day.

I wish I could say that completing the challenge blasted me through the writer’s block and that I’m blissfully writing on a daily basis. It didn’t. I slipped right back into my old habits. Maybe I was looking for an easy fix. [Read more…]

The Lego Story

Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891-1958)

Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891-1958)

Everyone loves Lego!

Even I think Lego is pretty cool — and I am the only one in our family of nine who has never played with them.

We started off with several large buckets of them, when James was little, and built on our collection as the years passed and more children came along. It was nothing to see all the kids and their dad sitting around a Lego-laden blanket in the middle of the living room floor. [Read more…]

Seen on Lark News

Lark News logoI don’t pretend to believe Lark News is for real. Lark News is an online comedy website satirizing contemporary American Christian culture, specifically evangelicalism, and is written by author and freelance journalist Joel Kilpatrick. (So says Wikipedia.) However… [Read more…]

30 Books in 1 Paragraph

book stack

I have been working on this off and on all morning, and have only found 28 so far. That’s not the end of the story, though… I will find them all! It’s funny… I have done this puzzle before, yet the last few names totally elude me. Anyway… have a little fun with it, and maybe you can do them all in a fraction of the time I do. 😉 [Read more…]

Remembering My Son

This beautiful hymn, written by Keith Green, was one of my son James’s favourites. In reading Keith Green’s bio online, I was surprised to find how close he was in age to our son, when he was taken in a plane crash, along with two of his little children. Keith was 28. Our James was 25. [Read more…]

The Little Frog

Who are you listening to?

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Bird by Bird

Anne Lamott tells this story about her brother…

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott

Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’ [Read more…]