Counting the Cost

A couple of weeks ago we hired a contractor to do some major exterior work on our home.  The ice of this past winter had done a number on our roof, some carpenter ants had partially eaten one of our walls and the whole house needed a new paint job.  We hated the old, chipped, dirty yellow and picked out darker, richer colors for the siding and trim.Continue reading


You make me brave/You make me brave
 You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
 You make me brave/You make me brave
 No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

My favorite song these days is You Make me Brave by Amanda Cook.  It’s one of those songs that makes we wish I could sing.  It refers to Peter’s experience walking on water:Continue reading

A Tribute to my Maverick Mom

This past Mothers’ Day, we did something very un-motherish.  We took our boys to a train museum and on train ride.  The museum holds special events each spring, and this year, the event landed on Mothers’ Day.  So I decided to indulge my kids’ desires rather than my own (wow, that never happens!) and we did the train thing instead of the restaurant and nap thing, which truly I would have preferred.  (The nap would have been for me.)  I did like seeing them happy, though.  My youngest in particular is truly enchanted by trains, and it is one of life’s greatest pleasures to see one’s kids discovering and enjoying what they love.Continue reading

Single Women: Do You Need Some Lemon Sorbet?

Recently I was talking to a friend who had dated a guy for a long time and finally decided to break up.  He was “not ready to commit” and didn’t know if he’d ever be ready to commit.  He had serious mother issues, hated his job, never went to church and suffered from depression.  He was not good marriage material and my friend knew it.   After a few months, she decided to try dating again and met a very nice man.  The problem was, she couldn’t get the first guy out of her mind.  Her heart was still stuck on him, even though she knew he wasn’t right for her.  I suggested lemon sorbet.Continue reading

I Will Make You Fishers of Men

My father’s favorite hobby was bluefishing.  I can still remember him leaving our Brooklyn apartment late at night to go to Sheepshead Bay where he’d get on a boat and fish until dawn.  I didn’t like what followed very much: he’d come home, wrecking of fish and take over the kitchen, scaling and filleting.  Our house smelled like a fishmonger’s abode for days!  And I didn’t really like all the subsequent fishy meals, either.  Nevertheless, we knew how much dad loved it and often gave him tickets for bluefishing expeditions as gifts.Continue reading