It’s Not a Small World:  Lessons from the Ballpark
Inspirational

It’s Not a Small World: Lessons from the Ballpark

It’s a small world after all… I can’t remember the first time I heard that well-known song from Disney’s iconic ride. My earliest childhood memories are running up and down Main Street USA, in Disneyland. At the time, my father, Jerry Narron, was a catcher for the (then) California Angels. The team received free Disneyland…

Guilt vs. Grace
Inspirational

Guilt vs. Grace

Earlier this year I was struggling with guilt. I mean, really struggling.  Nearly every day there was some sort of failure in my life, something I wished I’d done better, some area I didn’t measure up to my own standard. I got impatient with my toddler. I didn’t keep the toys picked up. I let…

Breaking Free from the Clutches of Unauthorized Guilt
Inspirational

Breaking Free from the Clutches of Unauthorized Guilt

My mother-in-law gave me a beautiful Dutch oven for Christmas. Because I had been watching consecutive episodes of Food Network shows, I felt expert in using such fine cooking equipment. Until I read the instructions. Cast iron is intimidating. You can’t put it in the dishwasher. Can’t let it air dry. Can’t allow it to…

Blameless (a book review)
Books

Blameless (a book review)

Where do you suppose shame comes from? I posed this question to a women’s Bible class recently, and one young woman replied, “From Adam and Eve.” From two leaf-clad sinners, trembling with shame in the bushes because they’d just distrusted the most loving Person in their life…and all for a bite of fruit. (Oh, tragedy:…

I can hope.

I can hope.

My Mom has cancer. My friend lost her full-term baby. My cousin has a terminal illness. How many times have you faced your own similarly jarring realities and been forced to acknowledge the fallenness of this world? Everyone has a story of unfairness, an ache, an injustice; mine is just an example of the pain…

New Year, New Word

New Year, New Word

Math was never my favorite subject, but sometimes I seek symmetry in dates. I can remember the date I graduated high school (June 5th), the date I graduated college (May 3rd), and the date my debut novel released (June 15th). I wish friends and family members “Happy Birthday Eve” the day before their actual birthdays, and…

a life well lived

a life well lived

I had the pleasure to be with grandma through five of her last days.  My arrival from the opposite side of the country was unplanned, but a welcome season of togetherness. She didn’t really know I was there — most of the time, anyway — and when she did acknowledge my presence, it was only…

The End.

The End.