When Kermit sang “Getting there is half the fun,” he was not singing about traveling by plane. At least, it sure isn’t fun for me. In March, my husband and I took a trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, specifically Israel and Jordan. I must confess I went reluctantly. The 12-hour flight over the Atlantic was one of the main reasons. Add … Continue reading Getting there: thankfully
Traveling to Israel showed me more than I expected. Continue reading Shepherds not dead
“I’m not going through that again,” I stated emphatically. “No more puppies.” My heart had been broken with the too-short time we had with Cooper. In case you missed it, you can read about it here. Two weeks after my declaration, Rocky arrived at our house. This beagle puppy was just as adorable as Cooper and everyone was instantly in love. Again. The family was … Continue reading Three P’s of puppy training
My dirty dishes are once again piled up on the counter and in the sink. I washed them yesterday, why do I have to do it again? Bits of leftover mashed potatoes, grilled chicken, and uneaten green beans lay on my plates. Oh, there’s also a couple of bowls with dried on oatmeal stuck to them. Not to mention the used utensils and the multiple cups and … Continue reading Be thankful for dirt
I’ve been married now for 24 years. Compared to some of my friends (and my kids’ friends) we may not have a lot of ‘stuff’. We don’t vacation twice a year or have a fancy house. Our vehicles are all over 10 years old and break down often. What little savings we have, always seems to get used for something before it matures into the … Continue reading Love and stuff
I’ve often heard the church described as a “hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” What does that mean? Most people get that metaphor from Jesus when He said to the Pharisees, who were upset with Him for eating with unsavory types like tax collectors and sinners: It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to … Continue reading Should the church be called a hospital?
Who doesn’t love a puppy? More accurately, who does a puppy not love?
Those arguments and many others were what my son used to plead his case for getting a dog. Continue reading “How long does it take to love a puppy?”
What have I done? Continue reading So, this is Christmas?
“Leave it better than you found it.” As a young person moving out of my first apartment, this saying resonated with me, because of course, I wanted my deposit money back. Older now, it resonates again, not because I want money; rather I want good character, for it is priceless. Hopefully, I’m leaving The Westmoreland News better than I found it. Thirteen months ago I … Continue reading Leave it better
Only I could choose a totally different career path that is going extinct. The death of the newspaper industry has been well-documented and to my surprise, even has its own Wikipedia page. Which is why ninety percent of you don’t even read a newspaper, only what is posted online. That’s fine. Local papers, however, need you. Well. . . not really. They need advertisers. Yes, … Continue reading Newspapers are not dead. . .at least not in small towns