The Ministry of Letter-Writing

The Ministry of Letter-Writing

“Well they must be dumb.” The young, thin postal worker’s eyes bulge a little in the light of his computer screen. “They tried to send your letter to…Nebraska.”  He turns again to me, lips pursed. “Aha,” I say, eyebrows raised. “Well, that’s not even close to Germany!”  “Right?” We both laugh.  My letter will be…

Words That Wound

Words That Wound

I had been called many things, but “traitor” had never been one of them. Until that day at the orphanage in Haiti when those hurting children took their anger out on me. I crawled crying into my parents’ bed that night and I remember them saying, “They probably don’t even know what that means.” And…

Women and Words

Women and Words

Cars run on gas, trains run on coal and I on words. I hardly remember a time when I wasn’t eating up poems, gnawing on novels and drinking in the sweet sound of my mother’s reading voice.  These words made me want words of my own and when I started my own run-on sentences online, I…

6 Books to Grow Your Faith

6 Books to Grow Your Faith

“That is a good book it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.” (Louisa May Alcott) Did you ever sit on a phone book as a kid? Maybe you were too short to reach the table at grandma’s house and the latest, hefty edition of The Yellow Pages was commissioned as a…

How to Find Soul-Deep Security from the Source that Never Runs Dry

How to Find Soul-Deep Security from the Source that Never Runs Dry

“Look at all those green leaves!” someone says. We all stand around, arms crossed, shaking our heads. A beautiful, healthy tree has crashed to the earth with no warning. Or, seemingly healthy, that is. Deep roots, strong trunk, sprawling branches, bright green leaves; it’s all there. “Was there something we could’ve done to prevent this?”…