Monthly Archives: October 2011

Ode to My Right Knee


Ode to My Right Knee

As I prepare to say goodbye to my right knee, I thought I’d pay it homage.  I know an “ode” is a sonnet or poem, and this ain’t it, but it does come with great emotion attached.

I’ve spent a great deal of time complaining about my knee and how it hurts and how it’s just not working up to par.  But when I stop and think about it, over these past 53 years, it’s been a big part of giving me much pleasure as well.

Let’s see, over that time, my right knee has taken me through…

  • The Walk for Water (10 miles) and Hike for Hope (25 miles) when I was in high school.
  • Countless jumps and knee bends while cheering for Greece Olympia High School and Geneva College.
  • Dancing the night away as Disco Queen of Geneva College in the late 70’s!  J
  • Riding Lynnie’s bike (my only transportation) on my way to work in Greeley, Colorado.
  • Taking the brunt of a fall off of Lynnie’s bike (with scars to prove it, still 30 years later.)
  • Kneeling at the altar at Pine Castle UMC.
  • Standing, standing, standing for 10 years of LynWorks art and craft shows.
  • A hike up a neighboring mountain to overlook Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.
  • That hike up to see The Delicate Arch in Arches National Park in 100 plus degrees.
  • Many treks around many stages as I acted and danced my way through parts.
  • Rough, uneven cobbled stone streets of Ukraine, five years running.
  • Playing tourist in 50 states and 41 countries
  • Playing Round Robin Ping Pong with the Northland youth, around and around the table!
  • The everyday walking up and down my stairs at home.

On second thought, I don’t regret one day God has given me this knee, broken as it is.  Goodbye, dear knee!  Thanks for the memories!  J





St Simons Island, here we come!


I’m pretty excited (and only a little terrified) to do my first storytelling presentation called “The Christian’s Secret to a Messy Life” at the Winning Women Conference in St. Simon Island this weekend!  (ok, I’m only kidding about the “terrified” part.  I’m actually really pumped!)

I used to do more speaking a couple years ago, but took a break while my daughter finished high school.  I started a job teaching drama, that kept me closer to home and continued doing that her freshman year at UCF.  But God called me back…but this time I really wanted to do something more up my alley:  storytelling!  I love the rise and fall of a good story.  I love how a story can make you laugh one moment and cry the next.  It’s the actress in me.  But it’s also because Jesus used stories to get a point across.  It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity.  Simply tell the story.  God will do the rest.

So on this night before I leave, I’m leaving this post, wondering what new friends I will meet this weekend.  And I’m hoping they will join me here on this blog!

Give me a few weeks, and hopefully I’ll be changing this blog into a “vlog”–video blog.  I’ve got a total knee replacement coming up on 10/26, so please give me a little grace if it doesn’t happen before then.  🙂

Seriously, I can’t wait to see where God leads us next.  Join me!