Books There is such pleasure in books. It’s hard to know exactly what the pleasure is—is it the type face, the actual words, or even the smell of the book? Is it the fan of the pages? Is it in the knowledge that is deep inside? I love books. I love all books. But I especially love books I don’t own! I’ve had  a love affair with books my whole life. From the 10¢ Harlequin romances of my youth to my theological tomes from Divinity school. I have had bookcases, and bookcases, and bookcases. And I’ve traveled with them, too, carrying them in boxes (bankers’Read More →

Brownies Last night at our Wednesday night supper, a church member brought me gluten free brownies. I might have mentioned that gluten free anything can be rather lackluster. It’s not the taste, it’s the texture. (Hint: gluten is all about texture). Oh, but these brownies. I think they’re sort of “trash” brownies. She poured in some caramel sauce. Threw in some leftover gluten free Halloween candy. There’s even nuts in there. And they are delicious. But seriously. It’s not the brownies. It’s how much love went into making them. And I am grateful.Read More →

The BEST Job in the World Today was one of those days… you know them. Kinda dragging in (I mean, come on! It’s the first week of the time change). Meeting with folks at my new “office hours” on the campus of Wake Forest University (I’m in the North Dining Hall Starbucks, Wednesdays at 9:30-11). Within minutes, folks come in, and we’re laughing. Then running over to the “real” office, where, well, more laughter. Then running over to campus and lunch with a staff person. Then time with our Intern, then to the best part of the day… A little background. Last May we discontinuedRead More →

Today, I made a new friend. Sure, we’ve “passed each other on the hall” a few times over the last year or so. We’ve shared the dais on occasion. We share interests and friends in common, and well, similar jobs. But we hadn’t ever sat and talked. Unfortunately, it took an injury to give her the time to do it. But still, it was good. And I am grateful.Read More →

In case you don’t know, I’m a weird eater. No gluten (intolerant), no shellfish (allergic), very little fast food (bleck!) leaves me eating a lot of salads (when I’m in a hurry) and being disappointed in food, a bunch. But not last night… I turned a whole chicken and some veggies and two boxes of Bisquick (one glutinous and the other not) into chicken and dumplings. They were smack-your-momma-good. And even Pockets liked them. I’m grateful for home cooking, and the little gluten-free substitutions that work their wonders, once in a while. Oh! And I’m grateful for leftovers!Read More →