The Colors of Kindness

I love watching the CBS evening news. Especially the last story of the broadcast, because it features somebody doing something good in the world. Like those guys who changed my tire last week when I had a blowout on Interstate 30, just outside of downtown Dallas. Fortunately, not long after I ran over whatever it…

Flowerpot Cakes

One year I saved up all my money to buy a cake for Mama on Mother’s Day. I’d had my eye on these cakes shaped like flower pots since early spring, when they first started making them at The Cake Box bakery. The Cake Box was where Mama always took me after I got my…

Seder Meals & Red Cross Volunteers

Sometimes I feel like the lone survivor of a Tsunami. Like the person whose entire village was washed away by a tidal wave. The person who lost not only one of the people closest to her, but her whole community as well. The Red Cross relief volunteers come and bring supplies, they help rebuild, they…

About Time

Awhile back I watched this movie about a guy who had the ability to travel through time. All the men in his family had the gift. They could travel back into time, revisit any situation, repair relationship blunders, correct those awkward moments in life you’d give anything to do over. The only catch was that…

The Dangers of Loving A Dog

  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  The last three months have been a blur.  Lots of posts have floated around in my head, but nothing has materialized.  I was too busy, too scattered, too sad. After all, so I thought, who wants to read the posts of someone who’s grieving? It’s…

No Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Yesterday was the day elementary teachers always asked you to draw a picture of how you spent Thanksgiving. Now that I’m older, I realize that assignment is as much for the benefit of teachers as it’s just fun for the kids.  After a holiday you have to ease back into the routine of school slowly….

Uncles We Didn’t Know

Today, on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, I’ve been watching all the historic news footage from the day. Seeing what downtown Dallas looked like in 1963. Remembering the cars people drove. Remembering how men and women dressed. Women wearing hats and gloves and glasses that looked like my mother’s. Men wearing felt Stetson…

Birthday Presence

It’s hard to believe this picture was taken 40 years ago today.   And that my mom was the same age in this picture as I am today.   She was 52 and I was 12.   Today we’re celebrating her 92d birthday.   We’re not celebrating the arthritis that has robbed her of mobility,…

Stairwells

This past Saturday I got everything set up in just enough time to run downstairs and grab a cup of coffee before the class I was teaching was supposed to start.   I walked down the hall, then around the curved hallway lined with classrooms where other speakers were setting up for the Envision Church…

Top Chef

Tonight I decided to bake something for my friends coming in town for our 30th college reunion. Pumpkin bars from a Betty Crocker mix.  All you have to do is add some butter and an egg. How hard can it be? Except I forgot to melt the butter. And I never should’ve attempted cream cheese…

Five Things I Love About My Birthday

    1.  My mother’s carrot cake               With the exception of when I was younger, when I still thought chocolate cake was the only kind of cake worth eating (oh, how naïve we are when we’re young), my mother has made a carrot cake for my birthday almost every year of my life….

Airport Security

It didn’t occur to me until I got to the airport what day it was.   The home airport I fly out of most often is small.  We only have two gates.   Most of the men and women working security have been there long enough that I recognize them.  And when I go through,…