The Weight of Sorrow


  I don’t often write with the emotions I have at this moment. Sometimes my pen has colorful ink, but today it is black. Often our darkest night comes with pleas and bottles of tears. There is a message in the sorrow– in the wilderness where the beast and wild animals live. There is testing, humbling,…

Save the Date


After posting this on my Facebook wall due to my computer being on its last leg, I received many shares and comments, so I wanted to post it here as well. As we were preparing for a meeting in our home, I had been writing this post on my email via my phone when my…

Covering Ruth


This poem is dedicated to my husband, my Boaz, and my best friend. Thank you Chief for making every minute of this crazy life count.   Ruth speaks: Won’t you cover me? Boaz cover your רות with your skirts. Even if it hurts. Heavenly blue. 613 blossoms that bloom. Won’t your Ruth cover you? As…

100 Million Dollars Worth of Jewels


There is a white rhino, named Sudan, in Kenya at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy that is guarded by men with weapons, twenty-four hours a day. The animal is equipped with radio transmitters and dispatches incognito rangers who gather intelligence on poachers in the area. Sudan is the last living white male on the planet. He…

A Change of Clothes


I want to express to my readers that I am aware of people who have to work on Shabbat. My husband has had to do that on several occasions. I am not trying to come across rude or judgmental. But I often wonder what would happen if we trusted HIM wholly to supply all our…

When a good one comes along…


Lynette Marie Smith is a graphic designer who started her career in print and publishing and has continued to evolve her skills into her current graphic design, digital marketing and publishing realms. As a creative budding artist since she was a small child, there was no question what she wanted to do when she grew…

The Gift


Many people during this season are focused on “gifts.” I think the very word gift and its meaning need to be redefined. Have you ever received a gift you didn’t need or want? I’m sure we all can think of a gift that we couldn’t wait to give away or throw away. The lavender candle…

A Broken Tail Light


When my grandpa was an old man he got pulled over one night for a broken tail light in his pick-up truck. The officer, who had known my grandpa all his life, was greatly surprised that he had never received a driver’s license. My grandpa lived through the great depression. He was a sharecropper at…

When our Dreams Collide


Something funny is happening in dreamland. A friend sent me a video the other night that confirmed just that. People are dreaming the same dreams and dreams are getting intertwined. For those of you who are new to my blog site, I have a group on Facebook called Obadiah’s Cave where at times with the…

1,000 Words


Originally posted on Tekoa Manning:
I am not sure when I started writing this poem or why or whose kitchen I stood in but possibly it will help all of us think more about words. Ironically when I was finished it had a word count of 1,000. I know with social media and texting we often…