Unlocking the Secrets of Time

creation-clock I listened to an NPR program recently that explored the concept of time, as created life experiences it. For example, time experienced by a hummingbird is different from  time experienced by a turtle. It got me thinking about time as humans understand it, and how that might be different from Time as reported in the Biblical account of Creation.   Continue reading


Family Christmas

Christmas-with-the Nicola Clan-2We’re crammed into this one-from left to right, Annamaria, Joe, Randy, Soko, Megan, Matthew, Parker, Zack, Annie, Maria, and Chris…Judie’s behind the camera!

family-Christmas with the Nicola clanThis time, it’s Soko, Annamaria, Judie, Randy, Megan, Matthew, Parker,  Zack, Annie, Maria, and Chris–Joe’s behind the camera this time.

A Family Wedding Photo

A Family Reunion of Sorts

A Family Reunion of Sorts

When Political & Gospel Beliefs Clash…

Can you remember times in your life when you became aware that what you were doing conflicted seriously with what you believed?

I remember beginning to read the New Testament, thinking I was never going to sin again. I was only a couple of chapters into Matthew when it dawned on me that change was going to take longer than I expected….

I wonder if anyone else out there has a clue just how far off the mark our country’s behaviors are from what we ‘profess and confess’…

 “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,

I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

Anatomy of a Design Impulse

It was bound to happen… Piece by piece, the areas of my life have been making it into my blog. I started out talking about prayer, but the discussion threads have become as much about the twists and turns of my life’s journey as about intercession. This thread is about my jewelry designs. Continue reading

My New Life . . .

My New Life Mates!



Lola, my Yorkshire terrier mix, is 7 lbs, 4 years old, very high strung, and can leap on and off any surface, no matter how high, easily! Think ‘Wonder Mutt’!! She loves Pepper and me, going for walks, table food, and her own space. She does not like strangers, male humans or dogs, being house-bound, or dry dog food.


This is Pepper, a 12 lb, 5 yr old Bichon Frise, with a lovable, laid back personality. She loves snuggling, food, Lola, and me. She does not like dry dog food, being left alone, or strangers.

They both have barking and separation anxiety issues. We have a lot in common.

An Update…or Two…

Two wonderful creatures have entered my life! Pepper, a 5-yr old Bichon and Lola, a 4yr old Yorkshire Mix. They’re bringing  me unconditional love, compassion, hopefulness, and joy, in the middle of what is for me a period of uncertainty, with significant financial and health challenges! They are God’s precious gift to me this Christmas!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA