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Intro to James [Scripture Log]

Hi friends, Join my scripture journal through James. It’s one of my favorite sacred text I memorized five years ago and have recited a few dozen times to various audiences. James’ voice is passionate and sincere, straightforward and overall encouraging. I keep thinking he is part German because he speaks so directly with little “fluff” […]

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I’ve been utterly slacking on writing, passing up several opportunities early morning to get down my 500 words. I’ve given up in a sense, succumbing to failure, knowing I’ll never pull myself  together to become a great writer. Thinker, conversation starter if you will. I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn all on […]

On [aging] turning 39

Last week I turned 39 which surprised me a little since I am not great at keeping track of my own age. It’s just a number I am free to attach meaning to or not, I tell myself. But regardless of what I ponder or ignore, I am growing older. Aging is a process which […]


I’ve always loved a few good New’s Year’s resolutions. They’re not useless or depressing to me, even if they don’t come to pass. At times I enjoy the process of planning and goal setting, giving aspirations a voice, however trite and silly they might be. They’re worth pondering and will have a greater chance of […]

A year of writing [2016]

I checked my blog stats the other day and I’ve been trying to forget about them ever since. Not the actual numbers but the comparison between 2015 and 2016. In 2016 my blog received about half the traffic of 2015 even though I wrote more. I can’t easily tell how much more but definitely more […]

Melton Christmas Letter 2016

Hi friends, Thanks for your cards and posts, pictures and Christmas wishes. Another year is in the books, an opportunity to recount our greatness and many accomplishments to you. Just kidding. We’re your average family, living in the suburbs, trying to get along and stay on top of things and grateful this year has passed […]

Santa Claus myth and magic

Growing up in Germany we celebrated St Nicks day on December 6. The night before we cleaned our largest pair of shoes and left them by the door. In the morning they would be filled with candy and small toys. (or a stick if you’ve been naughty) I never received a stick and loved the […]

Does your heart have room for wonder?

Feeling surprised or spontaneously joyful is difficult for me. Once my sister organized a surprise birthday party where a dozen or so friends hid in our kitchen and as I stumbled across them I sort of froze up. I always thought I would enjoy this sort of moment. Turns out, I don’t.  (this was prior […]

Christmas Expectations

Ten days to Christmas and no lights on the house. I am not sending out cards this year because there is no family picture with the dog and even if you don’t write on any cards it still takes time to address and stamp. Inevitably you will run out of international stamps and will need […]

I would help you if I could

It’s hard to know what to do about suffering halfway around the world other than pray and contribute money to relief efforts. As a sensitive person I’ve tried not to overexpose myself to war related news but it does not seem right to completely check out. I can’t be off the hook just because I […]