Living beyond the “elves and dragons”

“There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth” ~JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring I have to admit, excitement is starting to build.  In 18 days I will be … Continue reading Living beyond the “elves and dragons”


The “cabbages and potatoes” of chronic illness

“Elves and Dragons, I says to him. Cabbages and potatoes are better for me and you.  Don’t go getting mixed up in the business of your betters, or you’ll land in trouble too big for you.” ~The Gaffer (Tolkien 24) When first hearing the word cancer, I had a very particular image form immediately in … Continue reading The “cabbages and potatoes” of chronic illness

How to make an idol

I really struggle when I read Christian "self help" books.  It seems like the author has it all together when it comes to living like Christ and I am just stumbling and bumbling my way through life, making mistakes at every turn.  That feeling was made very real to me as I was working on … Continue reading How to make an idol


Finding the blessings

 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today." ~Genesis 50:20, English Standard Version The last few days have been a whirlwind here.  After spending a week at the beach with family, we are now … Continue reading Finding the blessings