The Namesake – Charles’ Story Continued

“But what about Charles?” I was prodding her back on track.   “Oh, yes…now where was I?”   “The wild girl.” I, being a wild girl myself, was very interested in her.   “Yes. Charles did think that Momma had gone a little over board in her enthusiasm for taking in strays when Momma scooted…

Charles’ Story – Jeremiah’s Boys Continued

These boys had no idea that such a life had existed when they had felt padlocked on their father’s horse farm in the Tennessee hills. Harvey became a newspaper correspondent who traveled the world. He was granted exclusive interviews with some of the worlds most powerful politicians, and most popular entertainers and sports figures .His…

Jeremiah’s Boys Part One -an excerpt

Jeremiah might have discovered what love was in his last years, but before he learned the trick, he made life a living hell for Grandma and all of the other members of her childhood family. Granddaddy grew up in a big family like Grandma, but it couldn’t have been a more different experience. Grandma and…

The Rest of “Fancy” – an Excerpt

I don’t know if  “Fancy” didn’t get any direction at home, and I don’t know what kind of a girl she was before she got her reputation, but I can’t understand for the life of me why there wasn’t somebody who felt a sense of responsibility to step in and have a quiet heart-to-heart talk with…

” Fancy” – Part One – an excerpt

Until the day I missed church to rake Granddaddy’s yard, I had gone to church almost every single Sunday my whole life.  There were only a couple of exceptions. A few times the snow was too deep or the weather was too bad, … and a few times I was legitimately too sick to go,…

One Small Pebble

I am sitting here at my favorite writing spot…”Jack” my tiny tabby is “making biscuits” in my lap and making it hard to move my left arm to type…my kids are off to school…clothes are rolling around in the dryer. I am tired, really really tired. But I don’t want to waste the day by going back…

It is My Birthday…and I Will NOT be Afraid.

“Holy week. Sharing the walk with Jesus to the cross. I’ve been there for worship. God arranged for my week to be free from “work” which distracts me from Him. I’ve been waiting for the lesson of my heart which I knew would come this week. I’ve been reading my bible every night before bed.…

The End – Not Even Close

Endure begins with “end” but then goes on…CONTINUES…”ure”…you’re…you are. You are meant for more. “No testing has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tested beyond what you can bear. But when you are tested, He will also provide a way out so that…

Feed the Birds and Believe

When I was out walking late yesterday afternoon I was thinking about a lot of things going on in my life right now…and I was determined to look for signs…that God was hearing me…that God was with me….that everything was going to be ok and work out for the “greatest good and the best and…

Breaking the Sabbath – A Sunday Morning Excerpt from “Home Within”

Sunday was a day when we were supposed to stop everything too. It was a true “Day of rest”,  for the people in my family and my community. We took that seriously. Usually.  All the shops and restaurants were closed down… nobody did any farm work or house work. My parents taught us that a…

Peace, Baby, Peace

An important message shared by a friend… “This is what God chose as best, this is where He first became one of us: God chose to make His entry point into the world through the holy space of a woman, to enfold Himself inside of a woman, to drink of a woman, be held and…