Once upon a time, large families were considered a blessing. There are many reasons why everyone benefits from a large family – including the younger siblings. An ode to older brothers and sisters. “Here,” my older sister A said, dropping to her knee next to the chain link fence and rummaging in… Continue reading Big Families Are a Blessing
Each morning, I read a few words from St. Francis de Sales. Mostly I turn to his letters of spiritual direction. There's something in them that makes me feel like the gentle saint is talking to me, Jeanne, sitting in my reading chair here in my home in Virginia in 2018 rather than to one… Continue reading God Wants Our Weeds
Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash What if I'm exactly where I need to be today to do God's will in this world? What if this is it? There's no big plan. The plan is now. The plan is my life - my vocation as a writer and wife, gardener and herbalist, sister and friend.… Continue reading What If This Is It?
I drop the book with a sigh. Scents linger in my mind: lavender, thyme, rosemary. Images of alpine meadows, light-drenched fields of sunflowers, ochre roads winding into the Provencal hills dance before my mind’s eye. Sounds echo in my imagination: f bells tinkling as shepherds whistle dogs and herd sheep along ancient Roman tracks… Continue reading Cherries in Paris
We are exhorted to “buy American” to “keep American jobs.” But when we tried to buy an American appliance from a noted American company we experienced nothing but headaches. How can you "buy American" when American brands are now owned by Chinese corporations and South Korean brands manufacture in South Carolina? A tale of… Continue reading Buy American, They Said
It Takes a Village - But We Abandoned the Village a Long Time Ago Why are we blaming society when we ourselves dismantled the village? In the essay In the absence of ‘the village,’ mothers struggle most by Beth Berry, the author decries the loss of “the village” (by her definition, “referring to the way of… Continue reading It Takes a Village – Faith, Family and Fiction