There’s Magic In You

Congratulations to my two beautiful nieces! I cannot wait to see where your journeys take you next! It’s graduation season. And like every year, the excitement, the promise, the energy of new beginnings is in the air. I’ve always loved this time of year. Especially when I was still teaching. Watching my students embrace their [...]

Raindrops and Buttons

Raindrops and Buttons

I love the sound of rain. However, the sound of rain on a tin or metal roof is something else altogether. It brings to mind childhood afternoons with my Nana. My Nana, Mary Murphy Chaknis, was born in 1911 in County Cork, Ireland. Her family was poor, and by the time Nana had reached her [...]

Hurricane Michael: Before and After

Like so many, Hurricane Michael has altered our lives in ways we are just beginning to discover. John snapped this picture of our house back in September and then the one below it a few days after Michael blew through. (My new car is under the carport). At first, the devastation was overwhelming, but having [...]

Taking Time to Worship

Taking Time to Worship

In the middle of all the chaos left by Hurricane Michael, Bayside Church in Panama City held Sunday worship in the parking lot of what used to be their church. "For where two or three gather in my name, I am with them." (Matthew 18:20). I have felt the presence of God countless times since [...]

Nothing is the Same

It's been eleven days since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle. Although clean-up is ongoing, nothing looks the same. Everyone in the region is learning to accept this new normal that has suddenly become our lives. My neighbor, Sharon shot these images of our street before and after the storm. A vivid reminder of [...]