Come Close. But Not That Close.

Olivia Newport photo of baby robins by Lorri Nussbaum

Lately in the mornings, when I come downstairs and push open the living room curtains to greet the day, I realize an instant too late that chickadees or sparrows or wrens or even an occasional grosbeak were breakfasting at the feeder outside the picture window, and my rushed movement scatters them. Nuts. I would have […]

Our Bedraggled Peace

Olivia Newport leaning peace lily

This is my peace lily. It lives just outside my office. I wish I had a better picture. But it’s been blooming for quite some time and it’s about to be finished for this time around, so it looks bedraggled. (True confession: I am also not a very good waterer.) Because this plant lives on […]

Start with Tomorrow

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A few years ago I wrote a post about how my mother’s advice about New Year’s resolutions was that, “A year is a very long commitment. I think I’ll just start with tomorrow.” I remind myself of that often when I feel overwhelmed of my own expectations for myself. I received this cheery holiday card […]

A Breather in Between

Olivia Newport cookies and nuts

For years I’ve arranged my schedule to take a break between Christmas and New Year’s. It started when my kids were young and I tried to coordinate time off from my job in an office with their school breaks. Later I ran a full-time free lance business for a few years and I still shut […]

A Story of Pain and Hope


Some of you who have been reading the blog or seen occasional chatter on Facebook are aware that several years ago I began a season of disabling migraine that led to a diagnosis of chronic migraine disease. I wrote about it a couple of times, for instance here. Along the way in the last four […]

Book Birthday!

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What You Said to Me! Book 4 in the Tree of Life series has released! When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with […]

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #14


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all the stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes! • The hunt BEGINS on 10/15 at noon MST with Stop #1 […]

Hang On Just a Little Bit Longer


How are you hanging on? You’ve probably heard variations on that question these last few months! I know I have. Whether you’re still hunkering down at home most of the time or have gone back to work, whether you’re ordering groceries or venturing forth into stores, whether you’re sending your kids back to school, getting […]

No Good Reason Is Usually a Lie

Olivia Newport Train on When I Meet You

I wrote to a friend in a email recently that, “For no good reason I was behind on every good intention in my life.” It sure seems that way! One of my chronic good intentions is to write more in this space. Some of the days I miss my mother most are the ones when […]

We Are Not Alone

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Well, it’s a weird time, and we are all trying to make our way. In my day job, I’m a remote employee, so you might think not much has changed under stay-at-home orders. The truth is it’s often hard to concentrate, and I miss the simple structures that gave some framework to my days–getting out […]