This Week’s Story Starter

June 30, 2020Story Starters

For me, it was the Thursday night kick-off to July’s Jubilee Days. With it came the excitement about the upcoming rodeo, the turtle races, the corn feed, the Bingo games, and the “carnival” which would be laughable by today’s standards, but was a thrill for my country-raised kids. It rolled down Main Street Isanti, population barely … Read More

Song of the Day

June 28, 2020Songs

A few years ago at Joyful Noise, I heard each person in this band tell their own personal story of the moment their life had changed. I never understood why they called themselves “I Am They” until I heard those stories and the song that followed: Scars I didn’t need to write a book. This … 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

This Week’s Story Starter

June 23, 2020Story Starters

Time for some quickly bulleted lists: 1. “Things that make me laugh:” 2. “Things that make me cry:” 3. “Things that give me joy:” Later, expand your lists into a fully fleshed-out story. Or don’t. Just write.

Song(s) of the Day

June 21, 2020Songs

Two great songs for Father’s Day: Good Good Father & Big House (also called My Father’s House) Be blessed, knowing that each one of us has the best Father of all!

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

This Week’s Story Starter

June 16, 2020Story Starters

This is the week to remember and honor our dads. Let this Story Starter move in whatever direction your pen takes you: “My father’s job….” Just write.

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