How I'm Getting All My Dreams

So this program I’ve been using on my piano allows me to set a song at a tempo of 60, 70 or 100 on the metronome. I do 60 and 70 fairly easily but then when I jump to 100, I sound like a toddler pouncing the keys randomly. I get so frustrated with myself…

Finding Closure When the Other Person Won’t Talk

Is it possible to find closure when the person you have a conflict with refuses to speak to you about it? Yes, absolutely. Many years ago, I had a small misunderstanding. Due to some old hurts, this small misunderstanding morphed into an enormous one, even though I tried to fix the situation. For a while,…

New Beginning

After months of work and a series of miracles, I’m in the new place. Last night I unpacked the last box in my room, and I was finally able to walk through my bedroom without tripping over a load of stuff. The rest of the house is another story, but I do have a moment…

Joy Without the Hoopla

Hello friends. How are you? As I have been thinking of what to write this month, this story keeps coming to my mind. So while on a foreign church mission, a friend of mine was working with a companion who was really cruel to dogs. Everywhere they went, if he saw a dog, he would…

How to Navigate through Mighty Winds and Storms

As I came home from leave, I expected another quiet summer as always, picking raspberries, sweet tomatoes, zucchinis, and plums with my friend’s children, watching fireworks from my front yard, and if I’m lucky, taking a short road trip somewhere. But within two weeks of being home, out of nowhere, my roommate was given the…

Healing from an Unexpected Source

Today’s post is from one of my dearest friends: Jeniann Nielsen, a dedicated mother of five wonderful children and an amazing, generous friend. We met in college where she was my senior editor. And now years later, the roles are finally switched. Thank you, Jeniann, for sharing your thoughts and allowing me to be the…

A Pizza Box Message

One day, we stopped and got pizza. As the worker rumors rang us up, a thought came: “Why don’t you open one of the boxes and check.” And let the worker think that I thought he was incompetent? I just couldn’t. I walked to my car: “Open the box and check.” And fiddle with the…

How Answers to Your Questions Can Come in Unexpected Ways

While I was on leave, I started noticing butterflies on my walks. Finding yellow butterflies was my favorite, for they were so rare, beautiful and somehow sacred. Unfortunately I only got to see them from afar. My secret longing was to see one up close, to touch it or to have it land on my…

Pouting Rarely Brings Lucrative Returns

I got my manuscript from the editor and of all the edits, this one has been the hardest. It was written in English, but I have to say, it sounded like French. To prove that it wasn’t, my cute editor wrote something back in French. Thank you so very much, dear editor. Honestly, I’m not…

How Road Blocks Can Lead to Your Dreams

About a month ago, I came out of the library, and the car wouldn’t start. Usually jiggling the key a few times was all it took, but not this time. Several times it sounded like it was about to start but then to my dismay, it died completely. A thought entered my mind: go back…