Rising or Setting Sun?

After four long months spent haggling over what is now the most important document in our country’s history — the U.S. Constitution — George Washington stood up from his chairman’s chair and walked over to sign his name.  As he stood up, the back of the chair was visible.  It was hand-carved with a design of a sun that was either rising or setting.  As Benjamin Franklin looked at the now-empty chair, he said: I have often looked at that (sun) behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting, but now….I have the happiness … Continue reading Rising or Setting Sun?

Reflecting on the Miraculous

Yesterday afternoon the sun streamed shafts of light through the blinds, warming my cheek and highlighting the page I was reading in the Bible about the birth of Christ.  Suddenly I grew hungry to know more about this magical story.  I’ve heard it since I was old enough to speak, and I have known that it is actually not a story.  It is truth.  It really happened!  A long time ago my parents taught me the distinction between the fictional account of the North Pole, Santa Claus, Elves, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the non-fiction account in the Bible … Continue reading Reflecting on the Miraculous

The Truth-o-Meter

Some time ago I heard about CNN’s conservative guy Glenn Beck.  I watched him a couple of times and laughed.  I figured he was sort of like Bill O’Reilly’s counterpart.  I even bought his book, An Inconvenient Book, because I loved the name.  And while reading the book, I discovered that he is a Mormon. Way back in high school, I dated a guy who was a Mormon.  I’ll never forget the night he took me to a high school dance.  Rather than going out to dinner, his family turned their home into a fine dining establishment.  (We lived in … Continue reading The Truth-o-Meter


Yesterday my daughter and I got caught in one of those weird, Texas-style, torrential thunderstorms.  The skies opened just as we left the grocery store.  By the time I got her in the car and the groceries in the trunk, I was soaked to the bone.  I even had water dripping down my nose and into my ears.  The only thing I could do was laugh.  It’s a good thing we were going straight home from there! Now that I’m warm and dry, I’ve started thinking about what it means to be drenched.  What, exactly, am I drenched in?  Yesterday … Continue reading Drenched