Love Changes Everything

Finding What’s Real In A World Full of Fake Micah Berteau guessed correctly when he wrote the introduction to his book, “Love Changes Everything.” “I know what you may be thinking:” he wrote to his readers, ‘What more could I learn that I have not already heard on this topic?’ “ Christians have probably heard…

Hunting for a political solution, missing the Kingdom

Here’s where I stand, politically speaking. I’m sharing this because I have been sad a lot lately at what I’ve seen posted by my friends on social media. I worship God, three in one. One of the three came down to earth for a while, Jesus Christ. He ended up getting crucified, put to an…

Open space, open heart

Even at 91 degrees, there is a moment of elation at stepping onto a boardwalk surrounded by a brown and green sea of reeds in this expansive salt marsh. Fiddler crabs skitter across the path, a spider nearly the size of my palm rests in the shade. With an occasional pop as pluff mud sucks…

The Scent Of A Vow

Spring is cemented in the park. Leaves no longer a tentative chartreuse in fear of another frost, but a full spectrum of verde. A crazy perfume of honeysuckle, tea olive, confederate jasmine hangs throughout, even when the flowers themselves are distant. I inhaled that concoction 37 years ago on a Charleston cobblestone street and declared,…

Spotlight moon

It is 5:58 am and the dogs rush back inside, ever hopeful the world will have tilted on its axis and bowls will be overflowing. But we pass at the threshold. Through the glass the spotlight moon issues an invitation. Nightgown-clad, barefoot, step into the cool surrounded by walls of sound. All the birds in town…

Practicing the Presence Over Collards

A wave of joy rises as I snip the big collard leaves for supper. Who would have thought an Ohio girl raised on canned green beans and TV dinners could grow her own collards or turn a compost pile into black gold for her garden? It’s a miracle I can cook fresh veggies, let alone…

The Kingsman … Not The King’s Speech

I just sat through a two-hour screening of “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” I was excited to see a new Colin Firth movie, excited to see what I thought would be a kitschy sendup of every spy movie since James Bond. What could have been a fun evening of lighthearted spoof turned out to be perfectly…

Rite of autumn

I live in the middle of a former pecan grove in a town called Mount Pleasant, S.C. Here in the sunny South, where pecans are pronounced pee-cans by many folks (although no one in my family says it that way), this nut is part of the scenery — especially the culinary scene.  So today I…

How the afternoon got away from me, but not from Victor Hugo.

Here’s why it was better to be Victor Hugo back in the day. There were no computers back in 1862 when Hugo published “Les Miserables.” He wrote every word of roughly 530,000 without the help of spell-check. When inspiration struck, he grabbed a tablet and scribbled away. Few artistic epiphanies got lost in the shuffle…

Perhaps South Carolina shouldn’t stand its ground

It has been more than three years since Darrell Niles was shot to death in Columbia, S.C. He’d be twenty now — perhaps starting his junior year of college. He’d probably be shooting hoops somewhere, since that’s what he liked to do when he was on the team at Keenan High School in Richland County….

Holy Balls of Twine

We made the trip to Mepkin Abbey, and while it’s not your typical tourist attraction, it is the sort of Giant Ball of Twine my family loves to visit while traveling. Giant Balls of Twine are those attractions you research before you ever leave home. Sometimes, they’re nothing but tacky tourist treasures (like the Giant Ball…

Shadows and Light

A visit to Mepkin Abbey near Charleston, SC, offers a chance to explore the darkness and light of American history.