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THE EPIC ORDINARY

SOMETIMES DOUBT sneaks up on us.  You would think that after having hundreds & hundreds of people in our home and writing a book on hospitality that I would never doubt its worth.  But I confess there have been moments when I’ve wondered, “Does this really matter?  Does it really make a difference?”     Last Saturday [...]

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EXUBERANT PATRIARCH

  Have you ever imagined living in a tar paper shack?   My father-in-law did.   He imagined it. From this mythical shack Tommy  (affectionately called Papa) wrote real letters to his children and grandchildren.  His letters are robust, funny, idiosyncratic, tender, piercing, theological, practical, pondering and persistently cheerful about the grace and love of God.  In these [...]

rooftop dining

CAPTIVATED on the rooftop

  They were more than a fleeting distraction. I was captivated. My curiosity worked overtime trying to figure out how to inconspicuously watch the couple two tables away while my husband and I dined with friends at a restaurant’s rooftop patio on gorgeous April evening. First let me tell you about “he.” Since “he” was facing my [...]

BLACK BEAN GREEN BOWL SOUP

Tears In Our Soup Bowl

  Just the two of us for dinner tonight.  I prepared a pot of Black Bean Quinoa Sweet Potato Soup.  No kids around to inspect and complain about all the stuff floating in the bowl! We topped it with avocado, kale, cilantro and almonds. Hearty, satisfying simple goodness. But the real meal was a story shared.  Earlier in the day we [...]

RESCUE AS OUR OWN

RESCUED!

IT STILL TAKES MY BREATH AWAY.  Behind the exquisite art of this hand-painted ornament from India is a rescue story.  And if you have purchased a copy of Table Life, you are a part of this rescue story! This ornament hangs in our home, but it really belongs in yours, too.  This golden orb etched with [...]