Five steps to surviving a termite infestation and the 2016 Presidential Election

First, termites. Because they’re more pleasant. Some years ago our family was staying temporarily in an older townhouse in South Carolina. On a sweltering July afternoon, my husband Dave and I were evaluating the paneling on the screened back porch. “It’s rotting,” Dave noticed, and he tugged on a brittle board. “I think we should … Continue reading Five steps to surviving a termite infestation and the 2016 Presidential Election

How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

My friend “Sally” has a brother who openly belittles her for being “blindly obedient” to her religion. Privately, Sally struggles to think more charitably of “John” who she thinks is a jerk. One summer their parents invited Sally’s family and John’s family to share their condo at the beach. They agreed until they found out—too … Continue reading How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

Why God won’t always let the door open when you pound on it, and why that’s a good thing

I have a distinct memory of being five years old and walking home at lunch time from kindergarten. (Walking two blocks to home was still acceptable in the 1970s.) My teacher, Mrs. Madrin, was a bitter woman who never smiled and yelled at us for the full three hours we had to endure her. After … Continue reading Why God won’t always let the door open when you pound on it, and why that’s a good thing

Why General Conference fell flat for me–I’m not in “sucking in” mode

Twice a year my church (LDS--Mormons) holds what’s called General Conference. No one goes to church, but watches on TV or the internet the broadcast from Salt Lake City. For Saturday and Sunday we get to listen to five sessions of prophets, apostles, and auxiliary presidencies teaching us how to live more spiritually in the … Continue reading Why General Conference fell flat for me–I’m not in “sucking in” mode