Divine Nature

By Jo Ann Alo / May 10, 2019 / 2 Comments

Day 1 I’m bird watching. Rose chested grosbeaks and yellow finches are draining black safflower seeds and thistle from feeders. Hummingbirds are starting to circle—dipping their sword straight beaks into glistening sweet water. Fluffy baby bunnies snuggled down a hole in our back yard. My daughter Laura brought crisp green lettuce with roasted squash and avocado to…

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Sunday Scars

By Jo Ann Alo / April 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Sunday. It hasn’t been so holy. When I was a kid it was the day of obligation. When I birthed my own it was an hour of responsible parenting. Ick. Now…it’s just another day of blessed holiness. The sun breaks through my window and my eyes can barely stand the light. I can’t bring myself…

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Good Grief

By Jo Ann Alo / April 22, 2019 / 3 Comments

Reality is something I ignored till twenty-four. Afraid facing the truth would obliterate me. It was easier to play happy, calm, contented—so I thought. There were losses. Ones I didn’t want to admit. Grief I had no stomach for. I thought I could think my way out of sadness. Stay positive reclining on the bright…

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I’m Struggling

By Jo Ann Alo / April 1, 2019 / 1 Comment

It’s about the book — the memoir I started 5 years ago. I just finished the fourth go at it. I could hardly wait to hear what my writing coach had to say, until she said, This next run I want you to focus on… I can’t even listen. It’s too much. The thought of writing it again…

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The Library

By Jo Ann Alo / February 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

What’s not to love about it? When my kids were little we visited the library weekly. In fact my oldest daughter says, “That’s one of my best memories as a child.” (Hallelujah, she has one.) Their little eyes roaming for titles, Nancy Drew, The Baby-Sitters Club, The Berenstain Bears, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. My youngest remembers…

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By Jo Ann Alo / January 29, 2019 / 4 Comments

We’re waiting to leave for the airport. Our flight was canceled because of the storm and I hoped the trip as well. No such luck. Bumped 8 hours and we’re still leaving. I’m sitting on the couch waiting these last few minutes with toothbrush and tomorrows underwear wondering why leaving home always feels like a…

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A Right Christmas

By Jo Ann Alo / December 12, 2018 / 2 Comments

Infant in a manger? More precisely…Savior from sin. Who wants to open a sack of sin at Christmas? Look, I like jingle belling as much as anybody, but Christmas is not all Nat King Cole and slippers under the tree. We pine for love, joy and peace, not to mention kindness and gentleness, but when…

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By Jo Ann Alo / November 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

John chapter 6 the Jews ask Jesus, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” I love this question ~ because it’s always been mine. My religion propagated work. (As is the case for most.) It was about building a moral platform from which to safeguard your future. How can I secure…

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The Imposition of Being an Imposition

By Jo Ann Alo / October 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

It’s like waiting in line for your life. Everyone ahead of you is pushing a full cart. Those behind, balance to keep from dropping necessities. The hour is late, time is short. You can’t stand their predicament, they don’t recognize yours. You never seem to get anywhere, except in the way of progress. Apologies are…

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Glory Gifts

By Jo Ann Alo / October 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

I wanted to sing. When we were little, sister and I had twin beds next to each other. Between them was my walk to the stage. Carefully placing the needle on a spinning 45, I strutted to a wobbly wooden chair. Hair brush in hand singing Crocodile Rock and Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog. It was…

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