Filters

Filters are useful and helpful things that typically demand little attention until there is a problem with them. When we ignore and neglect them, they impede the day-to-day operation of many items we use on a regular basis, such as a furnace, air conditioner, or dryer. For instance, I never think to monitor the vacuum cleaner’s…

Childlike Wonder

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since I was four years old. I have seen mountains. I have seen lakes. I have seen waterfalls. I have seen meadows, beaches, and trees. I have visited Mount Rainier, the Columbia River, and Hurricane Ridge at least a dozen times each. I know what sixteen feet of…

Whose Day Anyway?

I have heard the term ever since I was a little girl. Growing up in a church-going home, Sunday was the day we commonly referred to as “the Lord’s Day.” If I happened to see my Pastor on a Saturday, he would say to me, “Tomorrow’s the big day.” The day we set aside to…

Flirting with Bubbles

Children enjoy blowing bubbles, and parents are thankful because bubbles are relatively inexpensive, clean, and safe. Yes, there is the occasional stray bubble that splashes soap into someone’s eye and requires a bit of attention, but bubbles usually don’t present any imminent dangers. Young adults like to play with bubbles too. But these bubbles are…