In the Bleak Midwinter

Reflections on Shuffle-Play So far, what have I done that has made this Advent season different than any other?  Let’s see, I have been slowly feeding my “piggy bank” for ELCA World Hunger.  I found a five-dollar bill in the cemetery the other day and put it in the piggy bank instead of using it […]

Tripping Billies

Reflections on Shuffle Play (an exercise in which I write a reflection based on that morning’s run) I wish I kept count of all the times that people talked about calories, points, diet, or weight over the course of our Thanksgiving festivities. It was the first Thanksgiving of my life I was feeling comfortable in […]

Losing My Religion

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (the thing where I write a reflection inspired by a song from that day’s run) Dieting is so much like a religion. Think about it: It’s common in religions to have lists of actions that are permissible to do and not permissible to do. Diets are entirely made up of those kinds […]


Reflections on Shuffle-Play (where I write a reflection each day inspired by a song from that morning’s run) I was doing some cleaning and organizing at church and kept coming across items that had been tucked away in closets and corners.  Churches can end up having a strange assortment of odd stuff for a few […]

When You Were Young

Reflections on Shuffle-Play The blog I wrote yesterday, “She’s a Beauty”, came on like a fever. I had to write it. I woke up with the thoughts needing to be come out. Like labor pains, it couldn’t be avoided or delayed, I just had to sit down and write. Then, unlike most of my blog […]

She’s a Beauty

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (a daily exercise to write a reflection based on a song from my morning run) What antagonizes me is all the mental energy I have given it over the years. Even though I have worked hard to battle it, still, whenever anything is wrong or upsetting in life, my first reaction is […]

North Dakota

Reflections on Shuffle-Play Secret in the Church Tower #3 Johanne Johanne sat in Bakken Kirke that hot July morning.  She did not remember it ever being so hot in Norway as it was here in America. All the windows were open but there was no breeze drifting over the Dakota prairie. She looked out the […]

Here Comes the Rain Again

Reflections on Shuffle-Play (Secret in the Church Tower #2) Outside it was still raining and there was a clap of thunder intermittently.  She wondered what to do.  She had no attachment to this church at all.  She would be gone by now if it weren’t for this rainstorm and a sudden decision to explore the […]

Message in a Bottle

Reflections on Shuffle-Play She didn’t see the sign on the road that pointed toward Bakken Lutheran Church but she did notice out of the corner of her eye a tall steeple off in the distance.  She looked down at her phone and sure enough, it pointed out that she needed to turn in that direction. […]


Reflections on Shuffle-Play Depression is no fun. It slinks in on a perfectly lovely day and hovers over everything, putting a slightly minor tune over the notes of each hour. I’ve learned over the years how to take care of myself in the midst of recurring depression. I know to be gentle with myself, to […]