Give and Take

Tuesday evening I had the privilege of hearing a talk by Anne Lamott as part of the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival. As a big fan of Anne’s for years, I have to admit that I went to the lecture with a bit of trepidation. I have a bad habit of idolizing authors so much […] Read more

Stuff Lust

This weekend, I went to HH Gregg and picked out a new refrigerator for the house. It was a surprisingly easy choice after the shingle incident. While I was there, I decided to price microwaves. Mine, afterall, probably belongs in the Smithsonian. I have an 80s model that still has the dials for the time […] Read more

A Blessing Not A Burden

“No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way. . . .” Psalm 73:1-3, The Message Today, as I began fretting over the house again, I had a beatitudes moment (realizing that something that […] Read more

Who Am I?

This was the title of a friend’s recent blog posting as she pondered her identity as a writer. She had interviewed the author of Reconciliation Blues who recommended that all writers have a mission statement, a sense of purpose. Then she asked the readers of her blog, “So, tell me. In your profession, who are […] Read more


“I will watch my ways.” — Psalm 39:1 If I were to describe my life in artistic terms, lately, I’ve felt more like a stick drawing than a textured oil painting or a three-dimensional sculpture. Here’s some signs: the TV is on a little more, I don’t walk as much as I should, I get […] Read more

The Land of the Living

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:13-14 Erik Steffen, 1970-2006 It’s been a difficult few months for everyone who loves […] Read more


Thanks so much for the many prayers on behalf of Erik and Kelly — and for me for that matter. If you have been following the web updates on the Steffens’ website, you know that the news has been grim. It’s also been hard to interpret — on Monday the doctors and nurses said Erik […] Read more

When One Suffers

The past few weeks have produced pain in my soul like no other. My friend Erik (faithful husband of my dear friend Kelly) has been suffering with brain cancer for the past year and a half, and in the last few weeks, the doctors have given him a grim prognosis. He has been in hospice […] Read more