Almost Eleven

Almost Eleven

  Last night, I shifted through some old toys from my daughter’s closet. My eye caught the dull yellow of the faux cereal box and my fingers touched the mini-silver pots and pans and in my head I heard her five-year-old voice say, “Momma, do you want to...
Another Ordinary New Year

Another Ordinary New Year

This morning commenced like the day before. I slid into my black slippers, the comfort of the soft fabric helping me ease into the day. I opened the blinds in the living room, the light shining on my face, surprising me with its welcome. My feet clanked across the...

Ignoring the News

As a little girl, at about 7:30 a.m. in the morning, I’d open the front door, crack the screen to peer outside and determine if the newspaper had landed on our driveway. Listening, reading and watching the news constituted an important part of our daily lives...
Diwali: Always Looking for the Light

Diwali: Always Looking for the Light

I held the sparkler in my hand, a firework of sharp lights angling toward the sky. The smell of cashew curry, rising dough and the mixture of saffron, cinnamon and sugar dotted the air. Shouts of “Happy Diwali” erupted everywhere.  The streets flooded with...
Uncomplicated Grace

Uncomplicated Grace

“Grace, then, is grace, – that is to say, it is sovereign, it is free, it is sure, it is unconditional, and it is everlasting.” ~ Alexander Whyte Grace is a complicated premise. I remember intersecting with the word as first grader. Standing in the middle of an...

Another Turning Point

                                                               “How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss “I am nervous-excited, Momma. Does that make sense?” These words ambled out of my daughter’s mouth as I drove her to school. Another...