Finding joy in every season

Every season has its charms. The flowering trees and new warmth of spring. The carefree, lemonade-sipping dog days of summer. The crisp fall air, perfect for walks in brilliantly-colored leaves. And then the Christmas season, where the dark comes sooner and the days grow colder, yet all over the world people put up lights and…

Home for the Holidays: Writing Family Roles in Fiction

There’s one in every family. You know who you are. (If you don’t know, it’s probably you). There’s always a black sheep of the family, just like there’s the quirky aunt who gives you horrible knitted sweaters for Christmas, or the grandparent who forgets you grew into an adult 10 years ago, or the screaming…

Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Why, Lord? How long, Lord? I say it with David and countless other people through the ages. Why, Lord? How long? Why did this good man die of cancer? Why these beautiful, godly women with empty arms longing for husband and children? Why these babies dying and across the sea my little brothers and sisters…

Battle on the Home Front

In the World War II years, fronts referred to specific areas of fighting, whether the Eastern Front or the Home Front. The soldiers on the front lines may have been doing the actual fighting, but there were plenty of folks back home who were working in factories, collecting scrap metal, planting “victory gardens” and rationing…