What They Will Remember

Mother's Day - chatting at the sky

Yesterday I spent a few hours in the southern Indiana town where I grew up. I came alone to do some thinking and some remembering. Some things you just need to get out of your system. As I pulled into town, every intersection had a landmark I recognized but a street name I didn't. Even though the town is a fraction of the size of the town where I now live, I couldn't navigate the roads without my phone for directions. It was a little maddening, recognizing that stone house on the corner and … [Continue reading]

Maybe You’ve Done This Too

The same as yesterday but somehow always new. (From Chatting at the Sky)

Let's say you're a teacher of some kind. Maybe a writer, a preacher, a manager, or some kind of leader. Somewhere in your life, you have a place where you express yourself, your ideas, and your perspective on a regular basis. One morning, before you start your work, you peek at your email just to see what's facing you later in the day, maybe you accidentally open Facebook and see that article from Huffington Post. You click just real quick and end up reading all three pages, even clicking on … [Continue reading]

for your weekend

Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

May I take the time to celebrate my starts, my finishes, my first steps and my knowing-when-to-quits. May I learn, even more deeply, the value of waiting, listening, and a good, long laugh.  Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few reads and updates: The Give List by Shaun Groves Grace for the Good Girl online reading group at Faith and Composition starting May 5. Hope*ologie, the membership site my family started, has all new content for the month of May. Nester Made Me Do It by … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in April


It’s the end of the month, and that means it’s time to share what we’ve learned! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome. Here are six things I learned in April in no particular order: 1. You know how my super power is looking at someone and knowing who their imaginary parents are? (see: Joy plus Scarlett equals Shakira from … [Continue reading]

What My Sister Taught Me

emily dickinson quote

I'm firmly convinced our genius is at least partially coded into our childhood play. Want to get an idea of how those first graders will change their world? No need to read their spelling words. Just show up at recess. But I don't know about all that yet, because it's 1985 and we've got the day ahead of us, no plans but the Barbie world. We huddle over the pile of pink goodness ready to piece out what belongs to whom today. I'm eight and it's my big sister's turn to pick first. I study her … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

chatting at the sky

Lift up my head to remember your way is downward, your truth is sacred, and your life is enough. May I have the courage to revisit my ideas of success, accomplishment, and arrival. Move us forward in your name. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6   … [Continue reading]

What’s Coming Up at CATS

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Several years after starting this blog, somewhere around 2008, I was going along, taking myself seriously writing all my thoughts and what-nots. Then, one day in the midst of a blog re-design, I get an email from my designer titled "CATS ideas". I'm all, Why is she giving me ideas about cats?  I don't even have a cat. It took me way too much thought and confusion before finally, oh. CATS. Chatting at the Sky. It could be worse, I guess.  Those poor people whose blog names are See High in … [Continue reading]

What Happens in Our Fields of Gold


Unless you're driving to Wilmington or Charleston, there is no Interstate that takes you directly to the coast of North or South Carolina. Instead, you have to choose a back roads route. This drive to the beach is always one I enjoy because the smaller towns offer vignettes of life you can watch as you drive by. Be careful not to speed, though. The cops love to catch beach traffic speeding through the 35 mph zones. This house in the photo above sits on SC-38  right after crossing over I-95. … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

morning - chatting at the sky

On this day set aside to remember the death of Christ, this day of waiting for his ressurection life, this day of awareness, may I confront my desperate need for him. May I breathe out my own hopelessness, my own weakness and snobbery. May I admit the cups I cannot fill, the hands I refuse to hold, the eyes I dare not gaze into. May I see my own reflection and remember why he had to die. In this, may I allow myself to be rescued, to hear the promises he has made, to feel the strength with which … [Continue reading]