Journey to Holy Week


There was a time when I could not imagine Holy Week without going to church on Good Friday. In those days, though, I didn’t know the term Holy Week, and the churches I attended were likely to have either a Maundy Thursday service or a Good Friday service. Asking people to come to both seemed […]

What She Remembers

What She Remembers

In a few days, my daughter will be a quarter of a century old. She’s my youngest. Hard to believe! It’s a exciting time for her. Recently she got engaged, and a couple of weeks after that started a new job after being a well loved and valued employee at the same place since she […]

Remembering Life

Remembering Life

Today is the second anniversary of my brother’s death. A few months ago I officially passed the point of living longer than he did, but I’m not sure I’ll ever live as fully as he did. The last few years of his life were not easy, but he was determined to live with gusto. He […]

My Friend Wants to Bubblewrap Me


Every year about this time my friend threatens to roll me in Bubblewrap until Easter. It’s for my own good, she says. For the last few years, it seems that as soon as Lent begins, I start hurting myself. It started the year I was hosting a simple weekly bread and soup supper during Lent […]

Let It Snow—Not

Lakein winter  -Larry Mohr

I have a theory—admittedly untested—about people who love snow. The theory is based purely in anecdotal evidence among people I know, whether casually or well. Most people (notice the qualifier) who love snow either a) grew up in a place where significant snowfall was rare, so the novelty makes it fun; or b) ski a […]

What Does “Home Church” Mean?

Olivia Newport Door County churches

My mother grew up going to church. My unchurched dad responded to an altar call as an adult. These are two very different faith stories. Together they raised my siblings and me in a church with Sunday school, Sunday afternoon children’s programing, Sunday evening services, midweek boys and girls clubs, Wednesday evening prayer meetings, youth […]

Is It Safe to Ignore Irritation?


Parents pushed to the edge by a screaming toddler—or a recalcitrant teen. Kids pushed to the edge by one more math problem. A minor scratch that you ignore becomes inflamed. A rude coworker dominates yet another meeting. Every irritating situation has a tipping point. I’d bet that right now at least three scenarios are flashing […]

Why I Wanted to Write Historical Amish

Why I Wanted to Write Historical Amish

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors were like ten or twelve generations ago? I’m fascinated by those genealogy television shows that trace census and military and property records back and discover amazing details. That’s a bit of what happened to me. I discovered a family line that traced back to some of the earliest […]

One Free Copy of Meek and Mild

One Free Copy of Meek and Mild

It’s 1918 on the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Sunday school, hymns, and threats of shunning disturb a fragile peace between the Pennsylvania Old Order and the more progressive “Marylanders.” And with family on both sides of the border, Clara Kuhn is caught in the middle of it all. And will she be able to […]

Accidentally for the Best

Olivia Newport yoga pose

Have you ever literally stumbled onto something you didn’t even know you were looking for? About a year and a half ago I had that experience with yoga, of all things. I attend some regular exercise classes at the local gym. You know: weights, resistance bands, cardio blasts. One day, after missing one class, I […]