Monthly Archives: November 2012

Peas, DNA, and Delight

Note: This blog is part of a Thanksgiving series of blogs highlighting attributes of God for which I am thankful.

It was one of the most brilliant ideas of my young life…or at least the best idea of that long lunch.

I was born not liking peas. Try as hard as I might (which wasn’t very hard) to change my tastes, I couldn’t. It must be part of my DNA.

Before I was even old enough to reason through likes and dislikes, I knew that peas were not to be ingested—not by me, anyway. My mom has tales of how as a two-year-old, I would store peas in the sides of my cheeks refusing to swallow them. She says that when we had mixed vegetables, I could even sort the peas out from the corn and carrots while they were all in my mouth and swallow the corn and carrots while storing the peas. Apparently, I even once kept supper peas in my cheeks undetected until morning. Another time, a distraught nursery worker returned me to my parents with full cheeks of peas.

It took me a few years, but one day at lunch, I had a brilliant idea of what to do with my peas. My oldest sister, Nichole, was in charge, and both of my parents were gone. Peas had been served with lunch, and everyone else had long since finished. There I sat at the table with peas staring at me. (And peas make such awful faces when they stare.) Continue reading

Fresh Daily

Note: This blog is part of a Thanksgiving series of blogs highlighting attributes of God for which I am thankful.

Ring. The phone announced a Saturday morning caller.

“Hello, Bass residence, this is Michele speaking,” my sister answered the phone.

“Hi, Marcy.”

“Right now?”


“Yes, we will pray immediately. Talk to you later. Bye.”

We all waited to hear Michele relate the other end of her phone conversation with Marcy. “Marcy’s aunt and two cousins are visiting from out of state. Her aunt is not saved, so Marcy’s dad is witnessing to her right now. They would like us to pray that there won’t be any distractions and that her aunt will be saved.” Continue reading

Outside the Box

I’ve always wanted to be an inventor. My co-worker, Sarah, and I even invented a fantastic piece of equipment that would enable under-the-desk exercise at work. Unfortunately, her sister burst our bubble when she sent us a link to a company that already made our invention. Oh well, that just freed our minds to focus on even more important inventions (which we never did).

Although I’ve never been willing to invest the time or resources into seeing my (brilliant) inventions to market, I do value ingenuity and out-of-the-box thinking. I like to see someone take a bold strike at an established pattern and redefine the future.

Allan and Michele already stole two of my “B” words in their comments under yesterday’s post, so I was forced to think outside of the box today. I chose a word I’ve never thought of in relation to God before: Bold.

I’ve been reading through the gospels recently, and Jesus’ boldness has stood out in so many ways. Continue reading

In the Truest Sense of the Word

My mom wasn’t much for me using the word awesome. It wasn’t forbidden, you know, like stupid, but it was reserved. She said awesome should only be for that which was truly magnificent.

For instance, the pile of leaves in the yard was not awesome.

A surprise cup of warm apple cider was not awesome.

Thanksgiving itself wasn’t even quite awesome. Continue reading

Participating in NaThaMo

Fiction writers know that NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write a fifty thousand word novel in November’s thirty days.

With a few exceptions, I don’t care much for novels—they’re just not my preferred genre of reading. So I have zero intention of writing a novel this month.

But I do love November—a lot. I am a writer, and I do love a challenge.

So, I’ve decided to create my own special month—NaThaMo. You can probably guess that it stands for National Thanksgiving Month.

Here’s the premise. Thanksgiving is far too grand a holiday to be confined to a single day. A holiday with this potential should definitely be celebrated for an entire month. Continue reading