It was Super Bowl Sunday, and I was home alone. With my husband out of town, Sunday evening was all mine to do as I wished.
I was looking forward to having complete control of the TV remote.
I started the evening watching a recorded episode of "Downton Abbey," the current Masterpiece Classic series.
When 6:30 p.m. rolled around, the episode had just ended and I surfed the TV listings for quite awhile.
In the end, finding nothing else of interest to watch, I decided to turn on the Super Bowl game after all, but not really to watch the game.
Christians are taught "all things work together for good."
This week, it's difficult to see how that can be true for families and friends of the children and adults who died at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday.
I am the mother of five children. They are grown now, but a mother always remembers her children as they were when they were young.
When Laurie was 6 years old, she was an instant mother's helper when triplet siblings joined the family.
I don't know about you, but the amount of information presented during the presidential and vice presidential debates this year sometimes left my head spinning.
While I found it easy, as each debate concluded, to determine which candidate presented himself most admirably, knowing how to interpret the purported "facts" presented was a challenge with which I needed some help.
The candidates spent weeks preparing for these debates, carefully crafting ways of presenting their viewpoints that would read well to their target audiences.
When I read about massive earthquakes or devastating forest fires destroying communities, I often comment on how nice it is to live in Pennsylvania, where severe weather is not such a big concern.
The occasional small tornado or earth tremor make the news and cause a stir, but for the most part, we feel safe from Mother Nature's outbursts.
Last year's heavy snow on Halloween weekend set me straight, however, about how severe weather can come anywhere at any time.