Flag-Waving Freedom

Our flag at the Nichols’ Nest is waving in the breezes this morning. While it waves, I can hear “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and “God Bless America.” (Musicians are like that – every scene has its own soundtrack.) As we celebrate the birth of our nation…

Do You Need Swaddling?

Are you as dumbfounded as I am at some of the recent commercials on television? (I will not even mention what makes the news.) And the commercials are so clever that sometimes I’m not even sure what they’re advertising! I tend to prefer ads with children or ads with the more direct approach like that…

Shalom and Nodding Heads

Recent news reports of our President’s visit to Israel sent me to the bookshelves where we keep our photo albums. (Sorry, digital is not sufficient for me. I like to hold the book, flip through the pages, read my comments, and relive those memories – makes for a fabulous rainy afternoon activity.) There’s an album…

Where there is despair . . . hope.

In the past few days when the headlines were horrific, when the silent voices of lifeless victims were screaming, when those, whose lives have been forever changed, were sobbing, I’ve been silent. Many of my writer/minister friends have had helpful and important things to say that speak Truth and comfort. Others have just expressed their…