Daily Encounters

I went to Menards for bags of softener salt, and at the checkout, requested for an employee to load it for me. A young man followed me to my car and silently began loading the bags into my car trunk. He kept his head sunken down, with his chin nearly touching his chest. He avoided [...]

I Just Dropped By…

Amy was a young woman who enjoyed spending time with her family, watercolor painting, and garage saling. She and her husband Quinn and their 3 children had recently moved into a new community, with a smaller house and yard. There was so much for Amy to learn in her new community; they didn't do things [...]

Faithful Mercies

Every now and then, I have dreams that scare me to my toes. When I awaken, I catch my breath and re-orient to reality. The other night, I had three bad dreams right in a row! First, I witnessed a terrible multiple car accident at an intersection in Iowa City. There was confusion and blood [...]

An Unpleasant Pheasant

Nothing unusual about setting up decor in one's house, a month after their wedding. It's part of moving in and creating a home, right? I was to learn that sometimes, it is the ordinary routines which carry the most surprise. I was standing on a chair in my upstair's landing, when a sudden loud thump [...]