Why I Remember...

This is my maternal grandfather, Charles (Charlie) Ryall.

He served in the 166th Newfoundland Regiment.

When he came home, he didn't talk about the war much, or the things he saw.

The closest he would come was when my Mom…

Thankful For My Journey Of Pain

I only left the worship because of my allergies.
I never leave church mid-service, but something in the fall air had me sneezing. Thankfully, it was a rare Sunday where I was in the pew and not leading worship. As…

Book Review: Whose Waves These Are, by Amanda Dykes

Lghthouses, lobsters, poetry, and just the right bit of romance...
Whose Waves These Are  is the perfect summer read!
Amanda Dykes takes us to the fictional Maine town of Ansel-by-the-Sea - a sleepy cove where everyone knows everyone, and community…

When Was Your Last Day Off?

Today, I found myself looking at painted furniture online.
Now, this isn't unusual for me. I'm happy to spend hours looking at before-and-after shots, learning new skills, and dreaming of my own projects.
As any crafter will tell you, the…

"You Should Be Dead" - 10 Years Later...

10 years ago today, this happened:

You can see the original post HERE.
We had been leading worship in a little church in Kingston Springs, just west of Nashville. It had been a great morning. We were having that…

Why You Can't See My 10-Year Challenge...

By now, we're all familiar with the infamous 10-Year Challenge:
"Let's see how much you've aged!  Post a photo of yourself from 10 years ago and one from today."
Some are funny - people posting their crazy teenage hairstyles, or…

I Have Laryngitis ... and I'm Thankful!

What singer wants to hear their doctor say this word?

I was tired yesterday, and after our busy December, that just made sense. But this morning, when I woke up with that telltale grip on my throat, I knew…

24 Books for 2018

One of my 2018 resolutions was a simple one: 
Read more!
When I looked back on 2017, I realized I'd spent too much time with my nose in the screen instead of in the pages, so I set a goal…

Book Review: I'd Rather Be Reading, by Anne Bogel

I'd Rather Be Reading  - The Delights And Dilemmas  Of The Reading Life

With a title like this, how could I resist?

As soon as I saw I'd Rather Be Reading on the review list, I ordered my copy. I've…