A Bunch of Reasons You will Love Church of the Small Things (the million little pieces that make up a life)

"I've learned that the best way to live is to look for God in the church of the small things. The church of the small things is where God does his best work. The church of the small things is where the majority of us live every single day." Melanie Shankle It was the fluttery way the early morning light played off of the hot pink roses along the fence line and onto my studio window that made me stop work and take notice. That morning light led me to noticing other small, ordinary things all throughout the Continue Reading

The Church as Front Yard People Who Sing from the Heart

"Hospitality is simply love on the loose.". Joan Chittister Recently three threads of my life were braided into one single strand: my one word for the year, a book that captures simple, honest hospitality and my church family. Whenever scattered things come together, I feel the hum of God at work. It is usually subtle at first, then the hum gathers momentum until it becomes song. That is what happened. A word My one word for the year of 2017 is canvas. I have been thinking of canvas as a space to explore possibilities, an open space ready Continue Reading

My June Books for You

It's what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it. Oscar Wilde I left supper simmering on the stove and sat out back on the porch swing with a book. I noticed all the purple I had growing, saliva, lavender full of buzzing bees and the turning hydrangea. Have you ever noticed just how low to the ground some birds swoop across the yard? This kind of savoring of slower moments and the way the sun slants long and golden make summer so endearing. Even when the Whippersnappers were littles Continue Reading

My May Books for You

"Last night I dreamt of singing book titles; good ones on my tongue, lyrical, funny, and one really long one. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious long. Magical." Terri Conlin This was a journal entry from March 23, 2017. I really cannot explain it, but I woke up with those words rattling around in my head. It seemed an apt quote for this month's booklist that I have collected for you. This list is a little bit longer than most months. Like most of you, usually my reading time is very interrupted by life and people I love. (Happy sigh.) A better way Continue Reading

My April Books for You

"Hand in hand we come, Christopher Robin and I To lay this book in your lap. Say you're surprised? Say you like it? Say its just what you wanted? Because its yours - Because we love you." Winnie the Pooh If you know me even in the slightest, you know I have a crazy love for books, for the way a word rests or wrestles or shines on the page. All of that magic finds it's way into my heart. That is why to share a book with you is to triple the love, to braid it with Continue Reading