Did you clean the sink?

When I was growing up, I hated washing dishes. I especially hated it when there were pans to scrub and pots to soak. But washing dishes after dinner was one of my assigned chores. I wish I could say I happily washed away thinking my hands were getting softer like Madge's clients in the old Palmolive soap commercials. Instead, I grumbled, gagged, and hurried my way through the chore just to please my mom. The problem was, I never pleased her. "Mom, I finished the dishes!" I always proudly … [Read more...]

Match.com — Finding What You Weren’t Even Looking For

Today, one of my friends told me she decided to try match.com After a recent divorce, she wanted companionship. More than that though, after growing up with an unkind dad and then marrying an emotionally distant man, she wanted to find out if there are nice guys in the world. She was worried that I have the only one. My sister, niece, and several other friends wonder the same thing. My sister always asks, "Where's my Doug?" I wish I knew where to find more Dougs so that I could … [Read more...]

Laundry Satisfaction

While folding laundry, I thought of all the time I've spent over the years washing, drying, folding and putting away clothes. Such routine and endless drudgery. The whites, the darks, the colors, the hand washables, the line-dry -- it's enough to make a sane girl crazy. And then there's all that laundry on the floor of my kids' rooms. Who knows what is clean and what is dirty? They assure me they know. (I should add here that my nest is temporarily full and I couldn't be … [Read more...]

A Quiet Ride

When Doug and I were newlyweds, we used to go to dinner and notice how many couples around us were eating together in silence. We always commented on how sad it seemed that they didn't have anything to say to each other. One of the things Doug and I loved about each other when we met was that we could communicate easily about everything. On our first date, we talked until we noticed we were the only two left in the restaurant. I've noticed lately, however, that there is a lot more … [Read more...]

Does Truth Exist?

Last week we went to the beach in North Carolina.  Annie invited a group of her high school friends to join us. Every night after dinner we asked each other probing questions and talked about the big concepts of life. Is there a God? If so, what is He like? Does God have a plan for us or are we in complete charge of our lives? What beliefs and values shape your life? Where do you want to be in 10 years? What is faith? Why do some people have faith and others … [Read more...]