Hospitals, Birthdays and M&Ms

Last week did not turn out at all as I had planned. Thursday morning I ended up in the ER with Silas because he was having difficulty breathing. For five hours I listened to the emergencies of people around me: a 90-year-old man with a fall from an injury, who hated doctors and hospitals because … Continue reading Hospitals, Birthdays and M&Ms


It all started with Top Ramen. Little 3rd grade Melissa was cooking. Too short to reach the stove, I teetered on a footstool handmade by my great-grandfather. My dad was on the phone in the living room and my mom was working late. They'd always warned me to turn the pot handle away from the … Continue reading Move

Just One of Those Days

My vision blurs. At first I think it's my contacts being funky, but then I recognize the tell-tale fuzz of an impending migraine. Makes sense considering I only got 3 hours sleep the night before. The bummer about my migraines is that they announce their arrival before the pain comes. So I just sit there, … Continue reading Just One of Those Days

Mad Church Disease: A Book Review

{Overview} "Does working at this church interfere with your communion with Christ?" This question was posed to Anne Jackson following her hospitalization due to stress and burn-out. As a full-time ministry leader she identified with Bill Hybel's statement: "the way I was doing the work of God was destroying the work of God in my … Continue reading Mad Church Disease: A Book Review