Stuck in the belly

A first-series Jonah sculpture is currently available in the shop. A fish story I haven’t seen any statistics, but I believe there’s a lot of praying going on in our country—and the world—at the moment. And that’s a good thing. The microscopic coronavirus might do for us what the fish (or whale) did for Jonah […]


Amazing Grace sculpture series update

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)   That sav’d a wretch like me!I once was lost, but now am found,   Was blind, but now I see. John Newton, Olney Hymns, 1779 From the sketchbook For a while now, I’ve been thinking about the lyrics to this hymn—one of the most venerable ever written. Former British slave trader, John Newton, […]


A signature in the sky

Aug 21, 2017 brought a total solar eclipse to viewers across the United States. And sky watchers in other parts of North and South America could see at least a percentage of the sun blocked by the moon. Did you see it? If you were like a lot of folks, you got your glasses and […]

Photo booth picture from 1971

A true friend

“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” E.B. White, Charlotte’s […]


Lifelong melody

“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen The music in my life started at a very young age. My mom sang “Jesus Loves Me;” my great aunts taught me “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and I loved to bang on the old upright piano in what we called the “front” room. I guess my mom got […]

Image of a hand-woven pine straw basket by Patti Jones featuring a hand-made base with writing by Stephen Rountree and a Scripture from John 15:7

The key to answered prayers

If you have a red letter Bible, you’ll see that every single word in chapter 15 of the Gospel of John is in red. Certainly, as the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…,” but the entirety […]

Salvaged barn wood, wire, textile, acrylic paint and hand-stamped sculpture of a butterfly and a chrysalis on a twig.

Time Enough

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. — Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer (1861-1941) Several years ago, when our girls were younger, we put a caterpillar in one of those mesh net terrariums. The girls decided it was a she-pillar and named her Cookie. We fed her with milkweed and watched as […]

"Fishing with My Dad" wire and paper sculpture

Fishing with my Dad

Some of my earliest memories of fishing were with my dad. He loved to fish! On the opening day of spring trout season, we’d head down to the river with a picnic basket packed with baloney sandwiches, a thermos of warm coffee, and a bucket of big fat juicy worms. My mom, dad, and I […]