Big Mama’s Reading Room and other events….

Big Mama’s Reading Room My Big Mama was a woman with a very large personality, among other things. She was my maternal grandmother, and she loved to cook pound cakes, go to club meetings, wear big hats, and count money. She was proud of being full-figured, and when she needed help getting her “girls” into her large…

On the Water

During my first month on “the Island” I decided I needed to get my captain’s license. This meant that I would learn to drive a boat and could then rent them from the marina. I imagined myself sailing elegantly thru the waters, the wind whipping my Afro gently around my bronzed face, my sunglasses making…

My Real Life Inner Child

Travels of the mind… Children are among God’s most interesting of creatures. The first friends I made on this assignment were of the young kind. We’ll call one of my new little besties Kaitlyn. She’s in early elementary school.  We saw each other for the first time one morning, then again that same afternoon. She recognized me…

Welcome Aboard!

Travels of the body… Two days before Christmas I flew to my newest work destination, an island base.  From the plane I could look down and see the dry and patchy terrain below, the intense aqua color of the sea. I took a ferry ride across the bay and landed nervously on the side where I…

6 months home (the Recap)

Happy 2017! Hey, its been awhile. Let’s catch up a bit… Home is still my favorite place in all the world, but I find I cannot stay there long these days…the urge to travel has gotten the best of me during this particular phase of my life. When I left Germany last June, however, I…

Spontaneous Dresden

Just found this blog draft from several months ago when I was still working in Europe! What a treat to remember this road trip I took with my friend and colleague Brigitte. We were headed to Poland to look at pottery but stopped in Dresden where the beauty of this German city captivated us. After browsing…

Family Time European Style

  I was so excited to have my sis’ and niece come visit me in Germany! They arrived in Nuremberg Airport looking refreshed and sporty, not at all like they’d just flown for twelve hours.  My sister smiled as we exited the airport terminal, dressed in her cute hat, moss green T-shirt, and a trendy coat. Once…

Dear Ministry Men…

This letter begins with the wonderful story of a man who took my heart, stretched it, patted it into a good form, and placed it gently back inside my chest. I met him through a mutual friend who thought he was cute and creative and a possible match for me. We hung out a few…

Snow Falling on Igloos

I am one of those people who has a complicated relationship with old man winter. On the one hand, I hate cold, wet weather. On the other, I love the idea of snuggling up to a fire with a good book while it rains or snows outside. Since I currently work in a cold climate,…

My Hair, My Amazing Hair…

It was the 1980s and there was a new hairstyle on the loose called the Jheri Curl. I had dreams of this product loosening my kinky tangles into glossy curls that would eventually hang down my back, making me glamorous and beautiful. As I rode the bus home from the country school house I attended…

Full Circle

Sometimes life meets us in the middle…. Some friends come and some friends go, but thank God for those who hang on and ride. I saw my great friend Katherine a week ago, on this side of the pond. We first met around 15 years ago when she called me for an interview. She was…

Poetic God

This week I had the pleasure of discussing poetry with children. They were wide eyed and ready to learn as I discussed the fact that this literary genre was more than just rhyme and rhythm, it was also wonder, raw emotion, and beauty. I’m not sure they got it…yet. Perhaps one day they will. Contrast…