“Teaching Children to Pray”

  A grandmother accompanied her 5-year old grandson into a kindergarten class I was teaching at church. She mentioned the challenge of teaching kids to understand prayer beyond “Now I lay me down to sleep” and the “Bless this food” prayers, which were essentially all about them. I let her know I pray for every police car, firetruck and ambulance that race by me with … Continue reading “Teaching Children to Pray”

“How Old Would You Be . . . .”

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” Satchel Paige (1906-1982) Here is a young Monarch butterfly dining on one of our older Cosmos blooms, the latter tattered by wind and rain, but still nourishing life. Each year reveals more wisdom and laugh lines. There is so much more joy and less stress in my life. I may resemble this … Continue reading “How Old Would You Be . . . .”

“One Fun Bun Bun”

“Spring’s around the corner and I’ve started molting. How do you like my self-grown hair peplum skirt. Very stylish for a French lop, n’est pas?” Sage blinks with her long lashes. Sage came to us two months ago when her former owner blossomed into his teens. Video games and teenage girls came to supersede a year-old rabbit, I get it. First thing, we removed sugary … Continue reading “One Fun Bun Bun”

“Santa’s Gooey Butter Cake Race”

Santa held a contest to determine who would be Rudolph’s new trainer. The most recent fellow who held the job won the lottery and left lickety split for Tahiti.  The contestants for replacement trainer were required to participate in a footrace while carrying a 20-pound backpack full of warm gooey butter cakes, a St. Louis, Missouri, dessert favorite. The extra challenge was they could not … Continue reading “Santa’s Gooey Butter Cake Race”

“Iguana Get to Know You” by Renee Hughes

Visiting the facilities to at our dad’s house could involve an unexpected encounter with a sizable exotic reptile. His girlfriend’s pet iguana hustled to the bathroom whenever she let him loose from the cage Father constructed when the lizard outgrew his tank. Mingo rushed out the open door of the enclosure and skedaddled to his humans’ toilette to relieve himself. Martha ran a few inches … Continue reading “Iguana Get to Know You” by Renee Hughes