Year: 2013

Noticing the Quiet

Yesterday, the world fell quiet. At least this part of the world. Lights twinkled inside and outside homes in celebration. People drank their coffee slowly in the morning and children eagerly descended from their bedrooms to see if Santa had visited. There were tables set and family meals and gatherings and religious worship and gratitude for a savior’s presence in… Read more →


I am loving packing. Not the sneezing-because-of-all-the-dust-kicked-up part of it, but certainly loving the throwing-away of things I no longer need – and probably haven’t needed in quite a while. In every room of this house, there is so much stuff. Almost 11 years of living here, stashing stuff there or here or under something else so that we didn’t… Read more →

All We Need Is Love

The couple were in their 60s, walking down the rainy street yesterday, huddled into one another, both in long warm coats, neither holding an umbrella. Practically no space between them, the man leaned on the woman for support. It looked like they had been together a long, long time. Late in the night, my little boy climbs under the blanket… Read more →

Habitat for Humanity – an Inspiring Ministry that is too Often Misunderstood

We crowded into the living room of a Madison Heights home on Thursday, ready to dedicate prayer and support for her family’s amazing success. Her daughters proudly posed for cameras; her sons were off playing.¬†On the table, a cake decorated in festive holiday colors, congratulating and wishing a home filled with love. Yesterday, a different group crowded into a Ferndale… Read more →

Winter Walk on a White Morning

Detroit in December: Snowy streets, two layers on top and bottom, the thickest wool mittens and the freshest air between my lips. Walking on the unplowed streets engages the muscles I’d forgotten I had. Like walking on a California beach. San Diego in summer: Barefoot on the just-wet sand, glistening ocean pebbles glimmering with sea salt. Walking along the beach… Read more →