Tea & Effie. 002. Tea Me Up!

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Tea and Effie

Tea was standing in the kitchen, the very image of a droopy sister. Effie practically materialized next to her, the very image of concern. “What do you need? Water? Food? Sleep? How can I help?” Tea turned around, revealing the empty pitcher in her hand. Effie sighed. “I can loan you some tea?” Tea perked …


Tea and Effie 001. Writer’s (1st) World Problems

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Tea and Effie

Tea was rushing into the office, arms loaded down with all her work-related detritus, murmuring to-dos with all the hither-thither jibber-jabber of the proverbial Alice in Wonderland’s white rabbit. “Pens, pens,” continued the litany. “I need more pens!” Effie poked her head in to better view this particular spectacle. “Don’t you have a million?” “You …


Hit Snooze

“Daddy!” Noah blinked awake, startled. A tiny bony elbow dug into his side and a small hand patted his face. “Let’s play Legos!” He groaned and looked toward the clock, then his wife. Two o’clock in the morning. His wife Emily was reasonably and sensibly asleep. Noah reached for the spare pillow. “I’m going to …



“Han, I need you to understand something.” Jess stood in the middle of the kitchen as she began her declaration. “Yes, dear?” Han asked as he threw open the windows and moved to turn on the ceiling fan in the dining room, then the vent fan over the stove. “I was born with a silver …


Still We Trust

  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;” — Proverbs 3:5 Do we truly trust in God? When the world is bleak and terrible around us, when we feel like all hope is lost and our prayers go unanswered, what is our demeanor? Our response? Do we …


Cast Your Cares Upon Him

It was difficult walking around with a cloudy sky in one’s heart and storms in one’s mind. The feeling of everything going on in the world was heavy, too heavy for any one person to carry. That’s what Mama Ruth would say, Cassie thought to herself, pulling down a mug with one hand and pouring …


a little songbird (poem)

there’s a little songbird in my heart you hear that clear, sweet melody? so far beyond the urge within me to lie down ashamed enough that I would go to ground I hear the echo clearly in my soul of Light shining so brightly, as if I know a secret I have only just forgot …


He Calls (poem)

the quiet lingers in my bones I hear the voice my soul still knows He calls, He calls with love to me and to His home my heart will flee

New Morning

“Happy New Year,” Cassie said softly, staring at morning sunrise from the front porch swing, a warm mug of tea cradled in her hands. It wasn’t said to anyone in particular, or so one would think if they saw her keeping this annual tradition once taught her by her mother. Even if her mother wasn’t …


The Things That Matter

“I love you!” “Mom,” Chaz protested halfheartedly. She kissed his cheek, despite masculine teenage views on minimizing displays of sentiment. “Mom!” “Have a good day at school!” She tucked the younger children’s hands in his and sent them on their way. Chaz sighed but walked his siblings to the elementary and double-checked their lunches before …