Joy

September 5, 2020S.A.P., Songs

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve said this, but I love my life! And it’s funny that I think that today, having been forced to cancel so many plans due to COVID exposure and a self-imposed 14-day quarantine. Yet even those cancellations point to the terrific life that still abounds when we … Read More

The Best Place to Live

August 28, 2020S.A.P.

It happened again last night. Mobs of looters took over downtown Minneapolis. My city. Millions of dollars worth of goods stolen or destroyed. More than 30 businesses damaged, some for the second time in three months. I’ve heard that some business owners are just walking away, giving up on this beautiful city…my city.  For the … Read More

Lamentation

July 30, 2020S.A.P.

Merriam-Webster defines it as “an expression of sorrow, mourning, or regret.” But that definition doesn’t even come close to describing the grief poured out by the prophet Jeremiah in what has been called a funeral song for his fallen city. Granted, things are not nearly so bad in our times, in our cities…or are they? … Read More

I Know You Are But What Am I?

July 23, 2020S.A.P.

What are your relationship-breakers? The things you do or don’t do that throw a wrench into friendships, work relationships, maybe even your marriage?  We like to think that relationship stress is caused by everyone else—our kids, our spouse, our boss…that we’re victims on the receiving end of someone else’s bad behavior. And when we’re pretty … Read More

If Only….

July 18, 2020S.A.P.

Despite everything that’s going on in the world today, I’m pretty content. I have reason to be: I’m one of the lucky ones, blessed with everything I need. Except red shoes. The awareness of what I was lacking hit me hard yesterday. My closet no longer holds the gorgeous shoes I used to wear to work … Read More

Time Is

July 13, 2020S.A.P., Songs

There’s a song that’s been haunting me for over a week now. Haunting me in a good way, in that it brings me back to my teenage years, reminding me that my life has passed in one sweet blink of time. It’s by an obscure, one-album band that spun an entire song from a quote … Read More

What Keeps You Up At Night?

July 6, 2020S.A.P.

I woke up in the middle of the night last week with a start. What was it? A noise? A dream? I still don’t know. But I lay awake trying to figure it out just long enough for my mind to begin wandering toward all of those day-time worries that awaited me with the morning … Read More

The Three Little Pigs

June 25, 2020S.A.P.

I wonder if fairy tales sometimes spin out of Scripture? Do you remember the story of The Three Little Pigs? I thought I had an original idea about this fairy tale until Google told me otherwise. Apparently, dozens of sermons from a variety of denominations have been written connecting that story to this one: Scripture: … Read More

Wine, Whine or Shine?

June 19, 2020S.A.P.

I was in the middle of a pity party yesterday when I received a note from my friend, Pat. I almost missed it because I was so entrenched in recounting all of the things that weren’t going my way. I took this picture, thinking I’d write a funny blurb about “A Little Wine with My … Read More

Breathing in Truth

June 12, 2020S.A.P.

There’s nothing like a Minnesota summer! The humidity, the greens everywhere you look—trees budding, grass growing, flowers blooming. Turning the heat off one day only to blast the air conditioner the next. Being outside every moment we can–walking, biking, gardening, sitting–just breathing it all in because we know that winter will be upon us in … Read More