panting deer

Uncategorized Dec 05, 2023

I am going to ask you a question that I found revealing.  If given a choice between Psalm 42 or 43, to which psalm do you gravitate?  Both psalms end with the same words:  Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet...

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Uncategorized Nov 28, 2023

I read the word twice in one day
in a novel and in the newspaper
of all places
Newspapers are supposed to use
third grade words
Here I am, elderly and still checking
the dictionary, unable to glean
from context what the writer
is trying to say.

And when I say I’m checking
a dictionary, of course, I...

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Uncategorized Nov 21, 2023

A few weeks ago, we had a week full of grandparenting.  First, I went down to our son’s home to watch his girls for two nights while Court and Kimberly took a trip to visit friends.  When I returned home, Dave and I had a sleepover with the Barnes boys while Ben worked in Chicago...

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life imitates art

Uncategorized Nov 14, 2023

We wanted to take our adult children and their spouses to Coronado for the opening night of my husband’s theatrical adaptation of Jane Eyre.  We made our plans back in the spring when the dates were first announced.  We then made reservations at the Hotel del Coronado. ...

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solar eclipse

Uncategorized Nov 07, 2023

In the mountains
where the nations come to observe magnitude
the shadows form crescents and curls
like wispy chalk drawings
as the moon moves across the sun

But don’t look! 
not without protection

How to spread joy for free?
Rule number one is be prepared

Have the eyes to see
and reach out...

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Uncategorized Oct 31, 2023

A few years ago, when on another journey with our friends LB and David Norton, we talked about our bucket lists.  On David Norton’s was a trip to see the giant trees of California.  When we began to plan their visit here for my husband’s play, it occurred to me that this...

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a world premiere

Uncategorized Oct 24, 2023

Please forgive another commercial message.

I just need to tell you that my daughter isn’t the only writer in the family with a project just “birthed”.  My husband David has written a play that is currently receiving its world premiere at Lamb’s Players Theatre in...

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book launch

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2023

Finally!  Our daughter, Meredith Barnes’ second book launches this coming Tuesday! 

Meredith wrote and published her first devotional book, All the Time, during the pandemic.  That book sold well (thanks to many friends like you!), and it came to the attention of Paraclete...

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the river

Uncategorized Oct 11, 2023

  on the banks of the Rio Grande in New Mexico and Texas, September 2023

shallow and so muddy
one could almost
walk across it on the silt
yet each molecule, each droplet
flows inexorably and imperceptibly on
merging with others
in a confluence of current
that pushes and pulls
faster and fiercer


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Uncategorized Oct 04, 2023

After leaving Little Rock, the next stop on our cross-country journey was Oklahoma City.  We arrived early enough to take the six-block walk from our hotel to the memorial to the victims and survivors of the bombing of the federal building in April, 1995.  I had been there before with...

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