Trouble in Blogville

After believing that my writing life would be perfect once I finally had my own blog, imagine my dismay when I have continued to have compositional problems over the last couple of months. Actually, this blog itself has caused me a good amount of grief. I don’t write in it often enough. When I do […] 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

A Room of One’s Own

After puttering around with this blog and my website for about a month, I finally got enough nerve to actually tell a few people these places exist and that they’re mine — kind of like a housewarming party, except I realize that just because it’s called a “home” page doesn’t actually mean I live there. […] Read more

Wide Open Spaces

Today, I received a notice from the managers of my apartment complex, along with all the other residents, that informed me that the actual outdoor space over which I have dominion is much smaller than I imagined. I have lived here for about 14 months, and last Spring and Summer, I enjoyed doing some gardening […] Read more

Many words . . .

Well, today I have published my first website. It’s one of the relatively few things I have published as a writer; I’m not sure I want to do many other publishing projects myself! It’s really interesting to think about all the words (characters and symbols loaded with meaning) that are floating in cyberspace. Not really […] Read more

A start . . .

This is my first experience being on the web — feels bigger than I imagined. I’m usually a person who has much to say about everything, but surprisingly, now that a blank screen is available and an orange “Publish Post” button below will send whatever message I have out into the world, I can’t think […] Read more