The Latest from Prague

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   If you’ve ever traveled to Prague, you probably flew in and know the airport is outside the city to the west. In recent months, getting from the airport to Prague’s Centrum (Center) is more challenging than it was. Not only is PragueContinue reading “The Latest from Prague”

11 Great Books: Perfect Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-For

A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.  -Franz Kafka It’s December, and we’ve arrived at the final days of 2011 (already!). Every year, here on my blog, I reflect on the books that I have read and enjoyed over the past year, and post the names and titles.Continue reading “11 Great Books: Perfect Gifts for the Hard-to-Buy-For”

The Gift of Meeting Face-to-Face

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one …” – C.S. Lewis, British Scholar and Novelist 1898-1963 Last week, I had the amazing privilege of attending the ACFW conference in Indianapolis. On so many levels, I loved being there, with 650Continue reading “The Gift of Meeting Face-to-Face”

Catching Joys

Every evening about this time last year, I caught a Wow sight from my kitchen window. Golden light drenched patches of our backyard, creating pools of beauty where the setting sun mingled with indigo shadows in a final play of Nature’s evening art. Daisies, birdbath, light, stillness—everything contributed to the dramatic beauty over ten minuteContinue reading “Catching Joys”

More Than a Hill of Beans

It doesn’t seem that long ago, coming home from the hospital in Metairie, Louisiana, with our firstborn—a truly memorable experience. The gracious night nurse had just given me a crash course on caring for a newborn … not just any newborn, but my own. It didn’t take long to realize the meaning of the newContinue reading “More Than a Hill of Beans”

Ten Gifts Wrapped in a Mom’s Life

Back in a different life, I drove with the windows down and U2 playing through the stereo in all its grand fullness. Beautiful days, beautiful times. But one day, I woke up and looked through the rearview mirror of the minivan at the tiny faces staring back and gasped—whoa—how did this happen? Yes, in aContinue reading “Ten Gifts Wrapped in a Mom’s Life”

A Little Lagniappe

When we lived in New Orleans, I picked up a word from our N’Awlins native neighbors—lagniappe. Though I haven’t much heard the word used north of Interstate 10, I think the concept is applicable everywhere. Lagniappe is a good thing, loosely defined as an unexpected bonus. Like the baker who slips in an extra cookieContinue reading “A Little Lagniappe”

Great Books for Giving

Shopping is not my favorite thing to do. In fact, I think I’m not a very good shopper. These past twelve years, I have to admit I’ve wholeheartedly adopted Brian’s shopping method: have a list, find the items on the list, buy them and get out … quick. I tend to go as long asContinue reading “Great Books for Giving”