Advent: Staying focused in a season of distractions

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility… From the Collect for the First Sunday of Advent in the Book of Common Prayer…

Fall Favorites: Citrus Spice Cookies

These cookies started as an idea on the way home from the thrift store while the beautiful fall weather started to take a turn for the worse.  Windy grey skies and a dropping temperature called for something warm and spicy to enjoy with a pot of tea.  I decided that Citrus Spice cookies sounded like…

Happy Thanksgiving

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.  Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of…

Thanks

This Thanksgiving week, thankful for… a late November day of clothes out on the line communities of faithfulness family coming home from all directions warm, chewy cookies a respite from the office a pot of tea strawberry jam people to thank

Fall Favorites: Toasted Squash Seeds

If you’re cooking up some squash or pumpkin, don’t discard the seeds.  They make a crispy, crunchy, salty snack that must surely be better for you than potato chips!  😉 I’m sorry to say, but the beginning of the process is not at all glamorous.  I don’t think that there’s a classy way to remove…

Thoughts on a Friday

And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary.  For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform.  What is the adventure in being ordinary?  It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving…

Thoughts on a Friday

Man is born broken…He lives by mending.  The grace of God is glue. -Eugene O’Neill I can’t promise that I’m not using this wildly out of context or that the sentiment I draw from it is what O’Neill intended, but for all that, I believe it’s true… Also remembering today on this veterans’ day a…

Seeing red…

…and delighting in it. I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together…. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one…

Fall Favorites: Huevos Mexicanos

Currently, this is my favorite weekend breakfast.  It’s simple, but hearty, healthy, and delicious.  Technically, it isn’t really a fall food at all, but I seem to have the ingredients for it more often in late summer and early fall when the tomatoes and peppers are ripe in the garden. The recipe is based on…

It’s a WRAP (White Ribbon Against Pornography Week)

I’m not really into the ribbons-on-the-lapel phenomenon, but I’ve just learned that we’re nearing the end of White Ribbon Against Pornography (or WRAP) Week.  I’d never heard of this particular campaign, but I appreciate the need. The gentleman in a clip at the end of the video below says, Those who become addicted to this…