Betsy – An Extravagant Friend

Betsy - An Extravagant Friend We are in Athens, mere steps away from the Acropolis that sits high above the city inviting people of every tribe and nation to come and walk its ancient paths. It is the height of privilege to be here and I am deeply mindful of this. And though Athens has … Continue reading Betsy – An Extravagant Friend

Ladies Day Out

I am driving from the downtown area of Rockport when I suddenly decide to stop and sit a spell by the ocean. The day is perfect September, all blue sky and mild temperatures. It is low tide and the beach has lost the crowds of summer, leaving pristine sand and so much space. I easily … Continue reading Ladies Day Out

The Resilient Orthodox: Pepper & Salt

My Godmother came into my life around four years ago. At the time, I didn't know she would be my Godmother. In fact, she didn't know she would be my Godmother. When I first asked her to be my Godmother, she looked at me with not a little terror in her eyes. At that moment, … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox: Pepper & Salt

“Just Your Presence”

A beautiful article in the Boston Globe today tells the story of a woman who is dying. She invited her friends over for a luncheon, a chance to celebrate while she still had life. One of the friends verbalized her feelings of awkwardness and helplessness in the face of her friend's suffering. As she did … Continue reading “Just Your Presence”

The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

Every September, when cool breezes off the Nile River replaced the sweltering heat of summer, the expatriate community in Cairo, Egypt would reunite. Most employers planned a variety of activities to introduce any newcomers to Egypt in general, and the gigantic city of Cairo in particular. Our employer, the American University of Cairo, put together … Continue reading The Story of a Christian/Muslim Friendship – a Guest Post

Friendship, Facebook, and an Impossibly Soft Couch 

"I miss you and your impossibly soft couch," my friend writes to me. I smile as I think of her and the hot mugs of tea we would drink as we would sit talking together. There was no clock in sight - time was unimportant. What was important was the friendship, kindred spirits meeting together … Continue reading Friendship, Facebook, and an Impossibly Soft Couch 

It Takes a Long Time to Grow an Old Friend

Friends - I am in Cairo, Egypt on a speaking trip. It is a gift to be here in a place that has meant so much to me through the years. Though things have changed, there is a sweet familiarity all around me. It is in the palm trees and dusty roads; in the call … Continue reading It Takes a Long Time to Grow an Old Friend

The Loneliness of Immigration

My husband and I repatriated to this country many years ago. We came from the city of Cairo, Egypt and arrived at Dulles Airport with five children, 26 suitcases, and an Egyptian Siamese cat. It was the sum total of everything we owned. The first two years were excruciating. We didn't know anything about living … Continue reading The Loneliness of Immigration

Love Goes the Extra Mile

We've just come back from a family vacation where we spent seven nights near the Smoky Mountains in northern Tennessee. Every morning we woke up to far off frothy fogs rising up between the hills and ridges across the horizon. Every evening we watched the sun's benediction settle over and under and behind the mountains. … Continue reading Love Goes the Extra Mile

The Story of a TCK Friendship

The first picture that was taken of me with my friend Lois was on the shores of the Dead Sea. There we are, two little girls - one blonde, the other dark-haired; one taller, the other shorter. We are holding hands with our fathers and we are oblivious to the fact that our lives are … Continue reading The Story of a TCK Friendship

On Making Recent History

I leave my Cambridge apartment mid-morning on a Friday. Usually I would be walking, but I am going to a store that is too far so I pull out of my driveway in our small, city car. The first person I see is our neighbor, Christopher. I wave and he waves back, a smile on … Continue reading On Making Recent History

To You Whom I’ve Never Met

Last week, my husband came home with a package. After tearing off the brown paper, I opened a beautiful, decorative, handmade sign for our home. Someone who I've never met, who has never seen my world, took the time to make it for me. I couldn't believe her kindness and generosity. And so I began … Continue reading To You Whom I’ve Never Met

When your Heart Finds a Home

Jonny and Yasmin got married on a beautiful day in New Plymouth, New Zealand. While hints of rain threatened in the morning, the afternoon was clear and sunny. It was perfect. Yasmin is a kindred spirit and daughter of my dear friend Jenny. She is years younger than I am, but through background and personality … Continue reading When your Heart Finds a Home

How to Build a Bridge

In an old book titled Observations on the Re-building of London Bridge by John Seaward, he says this: It is generally acknowledged that the construction of a commodious bridge over a wide, impetuous river is one of the noblest efforts of human genius. In no country that has made any advances in civilization has the … Continue reading How to Build a Bridge

When Two Writers Meet–A Lunch with Elizabeth Trotter

Yesterday I drove across the great Kansas plain, over and down through the Flinthills, to meet someone, Elizabeth Trotter—a fellow writer, that I’ve only ever known on-line. It wasn’t a very long drive, I think it took me maybe an hour and a half, but it felt much longer. Truth be told, I was nervous. … Continue reading When Two Writers Meet–A Lunch with Elizabeth Trotter

Short Sunday Thoughts: On Politics and Facebook

"Dialogue is best done in relationship, over breaking bread, over coffee." From On Sharing Bedrooms and Dialogue As I think about the next year in the United States, I look back on something I wrote in the past, and I pray I will stay true to that conviction. "We all have strong convictions that could … Continue reading Short Sunday Thoughts: On Politics and Facebook

Thank you Taylor Swift!

Thank you Taylor Swift by Robynn All summer long our youngest daughter has been dreading entering the eighth grade. Seventh grade wasn’t a positive experience for her. She really loathed it. Friendships changed. She bravely tried out for tennis and basketball but didn’t make the teams. She ran for student council but didn’t win the position … Continue reading Thank you Taylor Swift!