#WATWB: An Artistic Mission

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’m sharing a link to a post I published in August of 2016. I’ll give you a few minutes to read HERE and come back to the present. UPDATE: Arts Camp is going stronger than ever and there have been a few changes of note since 2016. In 2018, approximately 430 kids signed up for Arts Camp and this year there were about 535. The program keeps growing! It continues to be aRead more

Pen Thievery

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ~George Washington~ I cannot tell a lie. I must offer a confession. A pen and pencil thief am I. I’m not sure how it happened. Was it consciously or did an inner darkness find its way to my soul? I cannot tell you when this started, but pen thievery has been in my blood for a number of years. It may have started with a work pen that inadvertentlyRead more

The Bells are Ringing

Last Wednesday, I announced that a Christian Christmas carol would be featured on One-Liner Wednesday for the five weeks leading up to the holiday. Week one was “Oh Night Divine,” and in week two, I am featuring a song that was suggested by Dan Antion of No Facilities. Sing the words to “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” then check out a little bit of its history and explanation of a few unusual words. Ding dong merrily on high, In heav’nRead more

Oh Night Divine

“Truly He taught us to love one another” It’s the holiday season and I’m dedicating this One-Liner Wednesday post and the subsequent four to the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus, in song. I love the classics that sing of my Savior’s birth (although Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will always hold a special place in my heart). Mom and dad preferred these songs and they are what I grew up singing in church, at home and anywhere elseRead more

Nothing and Everything

It’s 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and I have nothing. Nothing in the “inspiration to write something cute and funny” department. Nothing in the “I have a story for you!” department. Nothing in the “here’s another poem or cat photo” department. And, yet… I have everything. I have everything in a job that affords time off during the holidays. I have everything in friends who invite me into their lovely home for Thanksgiving and present a royal feast of turkey, stuffingRead more

A Cherished Memory of Sue

I always struggle with choosing a personal item for the annual Cherished Blogfest. I tend to feel that “items” are never more important than the people in my life, never holding a value high enough to call it cherished. Except this year is different. A good friend of mine passed away in September from cancer. She battled this horrible disease for a year with unstoppable courage, daily prayer and a beautiful smile on her face. And she left the legacy ofRead more

When a Door Closes…

Trinity Lutheran Church of Appleton was founded in 1915 with 15 charter members and three children. Construction of the Allen Street church (shown below) began in 1923 after Trinity’s congregation outgrew its small chapel at Oneida and Harris streets. The building was dedicated in 1925. Sadly, this church and its history will soon end. I came to know the lower level of the church several years ago when I began volunteering for Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley. This non-profit, well-runRead more

Rare Artistic Opportunity

Weekly Photo Challenge: For this week’s challenge, show us something that stands out from the everyday. It’s a rare opportunity when parents are able to send their children to a week-long arts camp without shelling out even one penny. Yet, they were afforded that possibility this week through Mission Church, a Christian community in Appleton, WI. Since 2013, children in the area are able to come to the church during one week in August to dance, work with wood and clay,Read more

What? Again?

I barely had time to breathe during a four-day Memorial weekend, let alone publish a post. But, as I let the chemicals turn gray to a lovely shade of dark mahogany brown, and before I visited mom and spent the beautiful blue-sky afternoon with girlfriends, I found time to begin this rambling story. Natasha said to me on Sunday, “There’s always something to do,” and she’s right. Always. And I wonder how that happens to a single, sans children adultRead more

Identity: Do You Know Me?

Where does one start with defining their personal identity? Do I start with the name I was given upon birth? Or at age 5, the year I began wearing glasses? Do I mention high school, the years of attempting to find self-esteem and a date? Or of the first foray into adulthood, securing my own apartment at the age of 18? What about securing a job that would take me on a 40-year journey? Or how I failed to runRead more

Sweet Community State of Mind

Photo Challenge:  This week let your inner world and the outside one converge in a photo. At the end of January, Mission Church invited all of its volunteers to a gathering called “One Accord.” It was an event for the church’s volunteers to gather for worship, discussion and planning. I am humbly honored to be part of this cheery, supportive group and its charge. In taking a photo of sugary sweet carbs, I remember this fluctuating state of mind: I wantRead more

Ornate: Basilica

Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ornate Inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (This is one of those times that I wish I had a “real” camera that took stunning photos..or I had taken the time to make adjustments to the phone’s camera settings.) The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, one of the ten largest churches in the world, and the tallest inhabitable building in Washington, D.C. For a few extra photosRead more