Thoughts on Ancient Historians

Thoughts on Ancient Historians with memes by Haley Richardson . . . Haley and I are studying the writers of histories this week on our journey thorough Invitation to the Classics. We've been reading about the ancient historians, including Herodotus, whose travels and narratives of cultures in the ancient lands of the Mediterranian and Middle … [Read more...]

An Invitation to the Classics

September is just about over, but my new school year studies in literature and language arts with homeschooler, Haley Richardson, are just getting off the ground. Haley is entering her sophomore year of high school. We have a terrific study plan ahead of us, exploring our Western civilization literary heritage in an overview from the ancients to … [Read more...]

School’s Out, Shakespeare, and Mademoiselle Macaron

A whirlwind school year of literary adventures ended on June 29th for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly forays into works by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Howard Pyle, and select poetry. My young homeschool student, Haley Richardson, and I have been meeting for three hours of reading and writing activities since September, with healthy doses of tea, … [Read more...]

Podcast #18: Vintage Book Treasure Hunt

I came into possession of a vintage book titled, Day After Day: A Manual of Devotions for Individual and Family Use, compiled by 19th and early 20th century evangelist John Wilbur Chapman. It was published in 1919, at the end of the first World War. One of the first places I go when treasure hunting in a vintage or antique book, is inside, opening … [Read more...]

Podcast #17: Excerpt from Fragrant Fields

I'm so excited about my new book, just released in January of 2017! It's called Fragrant Fields: Poetic Reflections for Journaling, and I'm sharing an intimate slice of my own personal devotions in this collection of poetry, prose, Scripture, and inspirational quotes. In my podcast this month, I'm reading an excerpt detailing the initial … [Read more...]

Episode #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History

Centuries of storytelling proves literature is indeed the “handmaiden of history.” Literature created in each age of man both records and mirrors the heart of man in that era, illustrating the character of a generation. The reading of quality literary works from our rich Western heritage assists and broadens the understanding of our story in … [Read more...]

Podcast #15: Legend of the Claddagh

[Tweet "Storytelling is an important facet of Irish culture."] Their tales descend from olden days, when the first Celtic societies settled the rugged, green Irish landscapes. They were conquered, in time, by invaders from Gaul (modern France). Slowly, the population of original ancient Celtic inhabitants shrunk, becoming the “little people” of … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Mom!

It's the last week of February and in years past, I would be wishing my mother a Happy Birthday. However, it has been 13 years since I lost her home to Heaven with the Lord after a two year battle with ovarian cancer.  She was a constant source of inspiration and long suffering through it and I was so blessed to spend quality time with her in … [Read more...]

Podcast #14: Key of Love & Locked Gates

The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates Miss Bertram longs to pass through a locked gate: Yes, certainly the sun shines and the park looks very cheerful, but unluckily that iron gate . . . gives me a  feeling of restraint and hardship. I cannot get out, as the starling said . . . Jane Austen, excerpt from Chapter 10, Mansfield Park Mansfield … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 13: Vintage New Year Conversations

Just when you think January is lingering far too long due to crippling cold days and traffic snarling snowstorms, spring is sprung, summer warms to distraction, and autumn leaves fall, speeding us headlong into, yet, another new year and the prospects of January 1st once again. [Tweet "Why does it seem the year flits by in the blink of an … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 12: Vintage Christmas Holly

I'm so blessed to share my Christmas podcast with you this month! It's simultaneously in print in RUBY MAGAZINE with a host of other Christmas themed articles, by many talented Christian women writers, to fill your home and heart with the joy of the season. [Tweet "My podcast features a special guest--from over 100 years ago!"] Earlier this … [Read more...]

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Storytime

CLICK to Listen to From Leyden to Liberty as a family this Thanksgiving Day!   Blessings be yours! PLEASE NOTE: I'm taking a blogging break til January--except for a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TEA post coming up in December to wish you all well in your celebrations of the birth of Jesus Christ. Exciting things coming here, from The … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 11: Salt on the Table

Sandwiched between my continuing series Psalms for the Nation, is my monthly podcast. I've been putting feet to my intercessory prayer for the healing and restoration of our nation, and its deliverance from the enemy's corruption in the very highest places of our government.  There's no pretending this isn't happening to us. It is. And has been so … [Read more...]

Psalms for the Nation: A Cry for Help

I'm continuing my Psalms for the Nation series with some of the Scriptures I've been meditating upon and praying through in this critical election season. Will you join me?  Last week, I shared Psalms for the Nation: A Call to Prayer. This week . . . I'm filling my mind and heart with the Psalms of the Lord. These powerful words stir my spirit … [Read more...]

Psalm 10 for the Nation: A Call to Prayer

America is counting down to the most historical election since the first Continental Congress voted to declare their independence from the tyrannical overreach of the English government on July 4, 1776. At that time, thirteen colonies and less than 60 individuals cast their vote. This year, multiple millions of Americans in 50 states will do … [Read more...]

Podcast Episode 10: Election Year Message

What a whirlwind season we are living through on God's historical timeline! Are you feeling short of breath, void of peace, perplexed in mind, and weary in spirit? Welcome to Election 2016. But, more to the point--welcome to my Election Year Message via podcast: Come Down to Earth and Be Still.  This month I've re-booted an essay I wrote almost … [Read more...]

Irma Flashbacks to Hurricane Hugo

What a stormy year it has been!  I published the following post in mid-October 2016 as Hurricane Matthew barreled down upon Charleston, South Carolina some 25 years after Hurricane Hugo had done the same. I was there at the time--a ground zero eye-witness. This weekend, September 9-10, 2017, Hurricane Irma is touching the outskirts of South … [Read more...]

When Seasons Change, God Does Not

Sneezing my way into the change of seasons. Yes--it's that time of year again when I have a head stuffed with more than words and ideas. In fact, it is so stuffed, I can barely think this week--let alone write. So, I thought I'd peruse some of my post drafts to see if there was something I might, with little effort, turn to inspiration for a … [Read more...]

Back-to-School with a Jane Austen Book Review

Labor Day weekend means the bins come up from the basement and my house gets a decorative uptick to the next season. In September that means FALL! I deep clean the furnishings and pack away all the red, white, and blue Americana decor for the switch-out to faux fall leaves, bowls of cinnamon smells, pumpkin gourds, and scarecrows. Then, the … [Read more...]

Podcast #9: Why Reading Aloud as a Family Matters Today

Do you sometimes feel like a fractured family? Too much busy in your lives? The demands of home, work, church, school, activities, relationships, and the complexities of 21st century living keep many modern day families rushing about in opposing directions—especially now that school’s back in session and our summer vacations are just a happy … [Read more...]

Raising Disciples: “Using Your Own Gifts & Style”

July 5, 1984, at 10:00am, I cried out to the Lord in despair and He heard me. The room filled with His Presence and He saved me unto Himself for the purpose of growing into greater things. Jesus, in an instant, became both Savior and Lord of my life. [Tweet "I was thirsty for Him. To know Him. To live for Him."] And to raise the infant boy … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Bard and the Bible

I did my research before going to the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference this summer, and was delighted to see that writer, Bob Hostetler, would be serving on the teaching faculty this year. I knew his name well as co-author of a book that was indispensable to me twenty years ago when I was teaching and serving in youth ministry, … [Read more...]

Podcast #8: When Mice Make Way for the Lion’s Roar

I am overwhelmed with grief at the seemingly impossible state of affairs manifesting in our nation and the world today. How far our founding landmarks have been removed! I’ve watched them be systematically replaced with evil substitutes over my lifetime of close to six decades long. I see human hearts and minds sent strong delusions, believing … [Read more...]

3 Wise Words for Wimpy Days When Things Get Too Hot

A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, "OCCUPY till I come." But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, "We will not have this man to reign over us." Luke 19:12-14 Smh! End of that … [Read more...]

Psalm 33: Take Heart, World!

Tough couple of weeks, World?            There's a whole lotta nasty goin' on! Headlines and newsfeeds filling your mind and heart with confusion, fear, and anxiety?            Talking heads with lying tongues and feet running swiftly to violence will do that. Well, here's some health and wisdom for soul and spirit. I'm meditating on these … [Read more...]