• 2 pies on a table with decorating tube

    Raisin Cream Pie

    It happened this week when I was commissioned to bring a dessert to the staff Christmas party.  What to bring?   Anxiety commences. Anyone who knows me will vouch for my skills in the pulpit over the kitchen.  In a weak moment, I consider La Provence Pâtisserie on the corner of...

  • Model snow scene with Christmas tree being placed on top of a car

    It’s That Time

    It’s that time of year again. If in doubt, we need only tune the radio dial, count the Black Friday circulars or observe the post-Thanksgiving Day Parade of trees strapped (within inches of their very lives) atop vehicles large and not so large. As for these timbers, they hail from...

  • Kitchen appliances on a counter, including an Instant Pot

    Lessons from a Kitchen

    So if you look beyond the Farberware knife set and the NutriBullet Magic Bullet you can see it.  All the rage, right? An Instant Pot. Have you succumbed yet? Because the parsonage has a rather diminutive kitchen, my curiosity was easily piqued when, in scanning the pages of my latest Bed, Bath...

  • Gold Star of David with Cross Inside

    Solidarity

    Rosalind G. is one of my most cherished friends in the universe and she just happens to be Jewish.  And though she married a good Christian boy (Methodist no less) with a Tennessee pedigree much deeper than mine, Rosalind has never abandoned her Jewish roots. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ, מֶלֶךְ...

  • colorful paper hearts hung on a clothes line

    Love Work

    Eight years ago this past Thursday, I married Gary Wayne Young, a long, tall, drink of water from California, by way of Ohio, and with a heart as big as Texas. I could never have imagined that love would feel this wonderful! That it would cause this kind of joy...

  • fall leaves on a wet background

    Fifty One & Fifty Seven

    Outside my window, a breathtaking fall has unfolded.  With the help of a gentle breeze, an assortment of flamboyant leaves cascade from tree limbs, sail past the deck and take up residence on the backyard parsonage lot.  Despite an already generous collection, more leaves cling to the tree than not....

  • Three Simple Rules

    So I’m back again after two weeks hiatus as we at the parsonage hosted an extraordinary visit from a beloved friend from Tennessee. The truth is, I struggle with time management anyway (especially when I am out of my routine) and likely most truthful of all, I procrastinate writing my weekly...

  • Rough seas in a boat

    Words from a Boat

    As I write, Dame Florence (not to be reckoned with) is pummeling the coast of North Carolina. Five hours, twenty-four minutes and three-hundred fifty-miles away, my precious Mother is secure in her home, shelves stocked (one Wal-Mart run later) and ‘hunkering down’ for what she expects to be persistent rain,...

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    Words in Red

    As a little girl growing up in the Bible Belt of southwestern Virginia, it was an exception if you didn’t know Jesus and if you didn’t ‘know your Bible.’ Regarding the latter and for children especially, participating in some healthy competition in the way of Bible Sword Drills never hurt....