Notes from Jan

Keep Counting

Music matters.  Almost every day, my brother forwards links to YouTube music.   Sometimes it’s hand-clapping-foot-stomping songs, other times orchestral, soul-soothers, or amazing skyped-together pieces. This morning Dan sent the Salvation Army Songsters singing, Count Your Blessings.   Actually, that’s a good practice. As for me,  it …

June 22, 2020
Notes from Jan

Lets Write Better Stories

We need stories.  The least interested child or adult, whether in class or church snaps to when they hear, “Let me tell you a story.”  History’s  a story.  We need it taught, but even more  to remember so we don’t repeat the worst of our…

June 19, 2020
Notes from Jan

Called to Cushion

The story’s old, yet eerily new.   Jeremiah was a prophet from 626 BC to 587 BC, not a job folks stood in line, hoping to land.  God called prophets to be Truth-Tellers, which meant saying things folks didn’t want to hear, then or now.…

June 12, 2020
Notes from Jan

America Unmasked

  Yesterday I took a Sunday afternoon drive to see some family faces. I arrived just in time to  join them in a car parade  to support Black Lives Matter.  We crawled through town,  lines of  plain and decorated cars with hazard lights flashing…

June 8, 2020
Notes from Jan

Aslan’s on the Move

Anyone need some hope?       Have you ever read The Chronicles of Narnia  by C.S. Lewis?   To help folks feel less isolated, our priest, Father Patrick’s been reading these books  online for the Christ Church family. On the other hand, sometimes after watching…

June 5, 2020
Notes from Jan

After the Yelling Stops, the Work Starts

For days I’ve tossed about words, piling them up like yesterday’s newspapers. At the beginning of the week I began writing about the President’s mandate “to open up  all churches, synagogues and mosques, so people can worship and pray.”  Instead of writing I started yelling,…

May 30, 2020
Notes from Jan

Listening for God

It’s quiet around here,  on this Memorial Day.  No parades.  It’s cool and misty, so no beach traffic.  Unless I crank up the music, zoom or answer the phone, the day will settle into  silence, sometimes too deep for comfort. Now and then,  a…

May 25, 2020
Notes from Jan


To most, it’s just a necklace.  However, to me it speaks of hope and courage to persevere in tough times. It’s a tangible reminder of roots and branches, the makings of family trees. My daughter-in -love gave me  this silver and enamel tree of life…

May 20, 2020
Notes from Jan

Redemption Centers

Remember S&H Green Stamps?  Well, some of you may recall this wide-spread system for rewarding customer loyalty.  When Jud and I were first married, money was tighter than my sweat pants are becoming. As the shopper with serious limitations (I’m referring to finances) stores…

May 15, 2020
Notes from Jan

Signs of the Times

Awoke to blossoms fluttering past my window.  That’s strange. It’s May. After a few blinks, I looked again.  Snow! These are strange times. No point in fussing and fuming, I’m not going anywhere.  Plus, this too shall pass, and as a matter of fact, already has. Which…

May 9, 2020