Washing Dishes. And all that goes with it.

  A friend of mine always talks about her mom using the dishwasher as a giant drainer, instead of actually using it for washing the dishes.  When we were growing up, the only dishwashers we had stood on two very tired legs with varicose veins. My friend’s mom had washed dishes by hand for so…

Mike’s Wedding Dress

It had been a long time since I’d bought a dress, but I’d been invited to a friend’s wedding and I wanted to wear a dress.  My friend, Mike, came down from Arkansas to attend the wedding, too, so he agreed to go shopping with me.  I haven’t always felt comfortable shopping with just anybody. …

Eternal Friends

I have some pretty amazing friends. I don’t remember when I met Linda Egle, but it was in a Bible class at my church on a Sunday morning over a decade ago.  She talked about the ministry she had started called Eternal Threads.  On that particular Sunday she was telling us about making a trip…

More Friends in Arkansas

Last week I spent a few days in a little Podunk town in Arkansas with my editor, Lissa, and her husband, Rich. The weather turned bitter cold, snowing most of the time I was there, but I’ve never been any place warmer. Lissa and I first met through emails after she was hired to edit…

Friends With (and Without) Titles

We’re getting closer to putting a book together….. A couple of weeks ago I met with Dr. Leonard Allen, director of Leafwood Press, who’s publishing the book I’ve been working on for the last several months. I’ll never forget the day Leonard asked me if I’d thought about a title for the book. It was…

Picking Friends

There’s something special about somebody who knew you when you were still getting money from the tooth fairy.  Somebody who learned to read Tip and Mitten and write in cursive with you.  Somebody who knew you when you brought your lunch to school in a Casper the Ghost lunchbox.  Somebody who bet she could swing…

Cooking with Julia & Dan

The Saturday Night Live sketch with Dan Akroyd mimicking Julia Child is one of my all time favorites.  You know, the sketch where Julia gets a little tipsy from drinking the cooking sherry and ends up gashing her finger with a knife.  By the end of the scene she’s lost so much blood that she’s…

Refrigerator Art

You can tell a lot about people by what they put up on their refrigerators. Sometimes I keep appointment cards from my doctor’s office for next year’s appointment up there.  Because in a year, the only place I know I’ll find that card is on the refrigerator.  I still have magnets that I’ve had on…

Turning 50

Yesterday I turned 50.   And I think I had one of the nicest birthdays I’ve ever had.  I didn’t get a lot of presents.  I didn’t get any present that cost a lot of money.  Most of the presents were made by children.  A painting of my name.  A picture of a pig drawn on…

Friends in Low Places

I wasn’t paying attention to the television that morning while I was getting dressed.  But by the time I got to school, the students already had the television turned on and were watching the second plane crash into the World Trade Center.  Hoards of people trying to get across bridges, away from lower Manhattan, in…

Gratitude & Gabrielle Giffords

Dear Congresswoman Giffords: One year ago today I suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, and as a doctor told me, “there ain’t nothin’ mild about it.”  Not quite five months later, on January 8, I watched the news coverage reporting that you had been shot.  My heart immediately went out to you, for I was…

Friends named Beulah in Green Ford Pickups

My grandmother had this friend named Beulah who smoked like a dragon.  She had the yellow fingernails to prove it.  And the leathered skin.  Beulah had the voice of somebody who’d been smoking Camels for decades, the scratchiest, most guttural voice I’ve ever heard.    A combination of Carol Channing and that woman who played…