Feasting on Distances


My new normal is sitting in a waiting room at the lab draw facility surrounded by the very young and the aging. I am drawn to the older patients. They are the ones who look up from their devices and want to chat. They talk about their grandkids, “The Bachelorette”, clipping coupons, and gardens cucumbers. They seem unfazed by diagnoses and blood tests.

Why This is the (Almost) Best Time of Year

My tiny speck of planet Earth looks like this:


To the locals’ dismay I actually like it. I understand the haters – dangerous roads,  health hazards, those who need shelter, crazy heating costs.

Don’t imagine that this winter love comes from a “sunny disposition”. Nope. I fight my own negativity. All. The. Time.

But here are ten reasons why a snowy cold winter is still a rock star:

1.  WHITE, WHITE, WHITE – It could be ugly brown or grey but we get WHITE, fluffy stuff. It reflects and magnifies our little bit of sunlight.

2. NO BUGS. NO WEEDS – Without these temperatures, bugs, plant diseases, and weeds would be a disaster come summer.

3. YEARLY RESET – The land rests and restores. Without it there would not be enough nutrients for green growing things. I need that reset too.

2014 Gift Guide


As we celebrate the holidays, I am grateful for my blog readers, businesses, artists, and activists. Each year I meet more and more people creatively using their talents for good.


New Finds:

To the Market – Survivor Made Goods

Purposeful Design – Handmade furniture that creates jobs

The Feather and Arrow – Quilts that support anti-slavery efforts (pictured above)


Better Way Imports – Fair Trade goods

Mercy Rising – book to help you find your place in the world of compassionate giving

Mercy Rising – scarf shop – Slavery prevention in Asia


Charitable Giving


Blessings for Baher – Help a family recover from a medical crisis

Forever WE Dolls – A doll for you and a doll for kids with cancer


Compassion International – Sponsor a Child

College Park Church – Build Schools in India


Support Artists


The Mantis and the Moon – Son of Laughter

After All These Years – Andrew Peterson

Mortar and Stone – Jill Phillips

Mysteries of the Kingdom – Aaron J Robinson


The Harpooner – Thomas McKenzie

On Being a Writer – Charity Singleton Craig

Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction – Arthur Boers


Jamin Still – oil painting, prints including Christmas Cards

Joe Sutphin – illustration

Joetography – Photographs/Art Prints