Moving Forward by Traveling Back

Posted by Susan On July 24, 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Airplanes are essentially “time travel machines.” At least, that’s what I tell my grandkids. By them, we can travel forward or backward in time, arriving suddenly into breathtaking cultures and places that are very, very different from what we know. With my head still dizzy from jet lag, I try to adjust my mind and  [ Read More ]

Dreaming in Italian

Posted by Susan On July 15, 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For years, I’ve had a strange recurring dream. In it, my husband and I are traveling– sometimes by plane, sometimes by train–but always with our grown kids. Simple… and yet it always produces a sense of tremendous contentment. It was odd that it would recur with such frequency. The dream came to me so many  [ Read More ]

In this life– most of the time– acts of kindness go largely unnoticed. Yet still, they make such a big difference. Unquestionably, the whole world needs more of it these days, and lately there’s been a surge to stir the conscience toward intentional kindness. For some, kindness is such an easy thing to practice, but  [ Read More ]

The sudden plummet back into real life after a great trip abroad is a lot like plunging into ice water on a cold day… it takes a special kind of stamina. For years, I’ve consistently struggled to learn how to deal with the “shock,” and ease back into reality with grace and appreciation. Inevitably, my  [ Read More ]

There are No Steps to a Successful Marriage

Posted by Susan On March 23, 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Recently, I was asked to give a presentation to a group of women on the topic of investing in a “Godly Marriage.” Perhaps you’re wondering why. No, of course you aren’t “wondering why!” It seems so obvious. Marriage as we have known it is under intense attack these days, so you’re probably assuming that when  [ Read More ]

No Women’s Day for Me, Thanks

Posted by Susan On March 16, 2017 ADD COMMENTS

According to a considerable number of Facebook notices today, it’s apparent that today is “Women’s Day.” I am a woman, so obviously, this caught my attention. Friends have urged that in honor of this recognition, today women ought to stay home from work, wear red, contribute to Planned Parenthood, and refrain from shopping as a  [ Read More ]

As the Ruin Falls

Posted by Susan On October 3, 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Back in a faraway era of hectograph printing and flannel-graph boards, I sat spellbound amidst my Sunday School assembly watching a children’s evangelist scribble the word “SIN” on a chalkboard. Mesmorized, I watched as he artisticly turned the “S” into a pipe with smoke rising from it, the “I” into a martini glass, and the  [ Read More ]

Of Travel, Faith, and Lewis

Posted by Susan On July 30, 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Airplanes are essentially “time travel machines.” At least, that’s what I often tell my grandkids. By them, we can travel forwards or backwards in time, arriving suddenly into breathtaking cultures and places that are very, very different from what we know. As I write this, my head is still dizzy with jet lag as I  [ Read More ]

A couple of years ago, my younger sister Dale gave me a necklace, and I love it. I’m wearing it right now as I write this. I wear it a lot, actually. It wasn’t expensive– I think her church was giving these out to mothers and grandmothers on Mother’s Day one year. It’s very simple,  [ Read More ]

A Tribute to My Sister Dale

Posted by Susan On January 27, 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Deep pre-dawn darkness wraps tightly around my little house on this first early morning after returning from my cross-continent flight. Dan and I just returned from a sudden trip east to grieve with my extended family and hold them all very tight, all of us devastated by the loss of my beautiful sister Dale Nikkanen  [ Read More ]