Clearly grieving

Yep, that’s what he said, a complete stranger, who didn’t know me but was reading a book proposal I’d submitted several months back: “she is clearly grieving.” I read the email on my phone while on my lunch break at work, and it hit me like a bombshell. Was it that obvious? Almost three years … More Clearly grieving

Your Rights

It’s fun to watch how social media sites like Facebook reflect what’s happening at any given moment in the lives of your “friends”. The beginning of the school year reveals pictures of children with smiles and new backpacks, while holidays show food and family. The change of seasons bring leaves, flowers or snow. Today my … More Your Rights

The Gates of Hell

He wasn’t talking about Peter when he said, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” No, you have to read the whole passage in Matthew 16, to understand what Jesus was saying. He’d … More The Gates of Hell

An Invitation

I received two invitations this week. One was hand-delivered by the father for the wedding of his son. Weddings are always special, as they are full of love and family. They also serve as a reminder of God’s role in the union, as he established the institution that has impacted societies for millennia. Even when … More An Invitation

Citizenship

There is a lot about immigration and refugees in the news these days. I’m very familiar with the sensation of being far from one’s home country and living in a strange land. There’s a lot of paperwork involved just to be able to stay a short time. Many years ago, I tried to get citizenship … More Citizenship