Back in high school, I saw the blockbuster summer thriller, Jaws.  I have never been the same. Summer camp on Lake Saranac revealed my irking irrational fear that some crazed person had caught and released a shark into the lake to wreak havoc on us unsuspecting campers.

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“I like to have fun and a lot of Christians seem like duds.”

I could have written that quote.  As a high school freshman, I wanted nothing more than to have fun.  45 years ago, when I boarded the bus headed to Young Life‘s Saranac Village, I was hung over from the night before.  And like the headline, I loved beer!  But I most certainly did not love Jesus.   Continue reading

Sometimes it’s really easy to focus on the negative.  To project fear into the future.  To imagine the worst possible outcome in any messy, confusing, unresolved, disappointing or difficult situation. This is my natural tendency.  So much so that I have lovingly nicknamed myself Worst Case Kathy.   Continue reading

For all you Nat’s fans out there, today is the season opener!  I know you’re excited. Very excited. Good for you!

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Valentine’s Day is so over.  Heck, it’s almost March Madness; time to “spring ahead” to Daylight Savings Time; time to finish those dark chocolates and pull out the bright green! Nonetheless, when I heard Milan and Kay Yerkovich share their theory on How We Love, I saved it for you. For right now. It’s time we figure out this thing called love, so we can love our mates — really anyone — better. Continue reading

When my oldest was a toddler, he thought raisins were “Candy.” He thought tomato soup was “Red Hot Soup” and baked beans were “Cowboy Beans.” I renamed all of the above to make them more palatable because I needed him to eat!   Continue reading

For those still trying to figure out what this rootedandgrowing website is all about, I know this — it is not about me. But it is posted by me. So a little background: Long ago in a far away galaxy, I wore the hat of an art director, which is kind of like a movie director. Continue reading

Tradition.  To be honest, I’m not one to stand on it.  Turkey at Thanksgiving?  Not necessarily.  One year I served homemade lasagna — and my family loved it!  But some ideas are worth adopting and turning into traditions, lived out year after year, like Noticing Your Necessary People, by Karen Ehman.  And some virtues, like the ones noted in this Country Music Award Song of 2016  Continue reading

This time of year, when the days grow shorter and darkness descends earlier, it’s good to revisit the story of the pumpkin, reposted below. (Afterwards, be sure and watch Interior DesignerLisa Luby Ryan, tell how she finally opened the door on all of her deepest, darkest secrets,  Continue reading