Outer Banks

April’s theme at You Are Here Stories is Reclaiming Place. This marks my fifth YAH contribution. *** Tears streamed down my face as I huddled in my corner of the backseat of our wood-paneled station wagon. I was crying as quietly as I could, not wanting to attract concerned attention from my parents, or ridicule from my…

On my dad’s 75th birthday

My father was born on April 4, 1941, which means he would be 75 years old today. I wish he were still here so we could celebrate together, but in lieu of that, I’ll take this opportunity to share the four-part series of articles written about him the year before he died. Happy birthday, Dad! I miss…

Other People’s Dirty Dishes

Here’s my fourth You Are Here Stories post. March’s theme is Mess & Place. *** The stack of plates next to the sink had bits of dried cheese and other unidentifiable foodstuff stuck to them. A frying pan and a couple of saucepans were soaking in dirty dishwater in the sink, along with handfuls of…

Mary’s first Jubilee conference

If you follow me on Facebook, you are probably aware that Jubilee 2016 was the 40th Jubilee conference. When I did the math, I realized it was my 32nd. And it was my cousin Mary’s first. Mary’s daughter Miranda attended Jubilee a few years ago, after she participated in the CCO’s Ocean City Beach Project….

Making Pennies, or My Father’s Money

My third You Are Here Stories post is filed under February’s theme, Money and Place. *** When I was a little girl, I thought my daddy made all the money. That’s because when I once asked him what he did at work, he told me, “I make pennies.” I probably was too young to comprehend the complexities of…

The Divine Secret of the Ho-Ho Sisterhood

Here’s my second You Are Here Stories post, filed under the theme for January, Laughter and Place.  ***** Their husbands didn’t get it. Lauren, Mary, Suzy, and I made plans to meet at Beth’s house near Chicago for a long April weekend. Lauren would drive in from Indianapolis, and Mary could handle the six-hour drive from St….

Homecoming

My first You Are Here Stories contribution is live. December’s theme is Finding Place. Enjoy! ***** The snapshot is of a girl in a gray Allegheny College hoodie, one she purchased in the campus bookstore on one of her pre-college visits. She is gazing at the camera, chin on fist, an open notebook on the…

Finding my place: You Are Here Stories

Some of you may have heard that I have embarked on a new writing journey for 2016—starting in December of 2015. It’s a year-long writing fellowship with the You Are Here Stories blog: You Are Here | True stories about roots, identity, and place. The founders of this blog met in the Glen Workshop West Spiritual Writing…

Advent 2015: Some thoughts for the longest night of the year

On the second Sunday of Advent, we lit the peace candle at Friendship Community Church. Then we were given a few moments to write our own prayers for peace before walking forward to place them into a basket next to the burning light. I didn’t have nearly enough time or space on my 3×5 index…

New website, new colleagues, new cousin: my July newsletter

This morning, Bonnie, Tyler, Peter, and I gathered for a team meeting, reviewing our goals for the upcoming school year and talking about what it means to do “holy marketing.” How do we pursue our work in a way that reflects God’s Kingdom, both explicitly and implicitly? I love that I get to work in a place…