The Biblical Chronicler

In Jewish tradition, Chronicles is classified as Wisdom Literature, not aHistorical book. What’s the first thing you do when you pick up a new book? Do you take the time to read the introduction and the author’s biography, or do you just dive right into the text? I know I’m usually eager to “get to […]

The Family Chronicler

I have pneumonia. I’ve had it since Memorial Day, and the dry Denver air has made it tough to heal. A couple of days into my steroids, antibiotics, breathing treatments, and sinus flushes, it occurred to me that my grand genealogy project might be part of the problem. I had been scanning pictures touched by […]

Flying Home

Did you take an aptitude test in high school? My junior year the Air Force administered the ASVAB to all eleventh-grade students, and I learned that the career for which I was best suited was airplane pilot. This tickled Daddy to no end, as he was an aerospace administration major in college. He has the […]

Happy [God]mother’s Day

Dry Creek Crossing at 8:00a MDT I woke up a little late this morning. It is snowing and sleeting in Denver today (while my own mother has sunny, 90-degree weather down in Tennessee), so the clouds kept my bedroom a little darker a little longer than usual. It was 7:30a when my eyes opened and […]

Lilies of the Prairie

Rocky Mountain Lake Park If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that Spring is my favorite season. I love watching the world come to life. I loved pruning my Tennessee lilac bushes and making tulip arrangements. I didn’t love the bees (I’m allergic) or the pollen (allergic to that too); but the […]

Life Happens…Especially in Exile

Originally posted at Living in Exile. Dear faithful listeners, Life has happened to your podcasters. I write to you from Middle-of-Nowhere, Kansas, as my David and I drive the final 300 miles of our move to Denver. A. J. will be sporadically checking his social media from Ohio, where his mother is very ill. We […]

Moving on up–to the Fourth Floor

We’re officially moving West! Remember last spring, when I told you David and I had decided to stay in our house? As usual God had other plans. On January 2, we were told to sell the house and get ourselves permanently settled in our 4th-floor Denver apartment by February 1. As I’m sure you can […]

I Choose Heaven

The last time my David and I were in Nashville, my best friend loaned me 4 books–The Hunger Games Trilogy and The Devil and Miss Prym. Melinda’s words to me regarding the Paulo Coelho book were, “Just make it through the first chapters. I promise it’s worth it.” Knowing I was more likely to read […]

Still Not a “Proverbs 31 Woman”

Do you remember this blog from last Summer? It inspired a conversation A. J. and I had about Proverbs 31 in the most recent episode of “Living in Exile.” Check it out! No such thing as a “Proverbs 31 Woman” This post was first published at I first heard the phrase “Proverbs 31 woman” […]

Next Week…

…I’ll be finished writing my book, and I’ll post something new! In the meantime, check out the latest AJ-and-Amanda podcast!