Friends, I need to share some news regarding the imminent passing of a longtime companion of mine. 

“Tuesdays with Maggie” has been my traveling buddy for over a dozen years, but this is her last trip ‘round the internet.  She has served me faithfully, and I hope she’s been a source of empathy and encouragement for you along the way as well.  Life is crazily beautiful and awfully hard at the same time. We read – and write – to know we are not alone.

This is “Tuesdays” last post, but the redemptive thing about endings?

They make space for beginnings.

Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

This coming Thursday, July 18 – Lord willing and the creek don’t rise – you’ll receive an invitation to an Open House at my new home online, View from the Ridge.

It was exactly a year ago this week that Mike, Mom and I relocated from our longtime home in the Chicago suburbs to Peace Ridge here in the foothills of the Smokies.  I’d love to invite each and every one of you to visit, but best I can do is beckon you to get comfy in my virtual home.

Here’s where I’m writing from at Peace Ridge

The address will remain the same – – but you can expect new views from the ridge.

This fall Mike and I will be serving an international mission church in Norway, and while I’ll be writing from the land of my heritage (and the midnight sun), you can still expect pieces that reflect my passion in connecting readers to each other and the God who loves each of us.

I’ll be writing about mental and emotional health (life in the interior), the everyday choices we make (living out our calling), the ways we interact with others (the relational journey), and the God of our journey, who saturates every piece of our lives with the peace of his presence.

And you’ll be the first ones to know when my first book, This Life We Share, releases from NavPress in May of 2020!

I’d love to hear your final comments as I close this site but you’ll need to be snappy, please. Tuesdays goes to her final resting place within the next 48 hours!

But if you can’t attend her burial rites, you’ll already have an invitation to the Open House we’re hosting in my new place.  To make it a par-tee, we’ll be offering a special Smokies gift to one lucky subscriber chosen from those who share the link to View from the Ridge with others.

 I’ll miss my old companion Tuesdays, but it’s all good.  The only change you’ll see is a new look, fresh content and lots of fun stuff plus future giveaways coming up!

Looking forward to sharing the view with you~


(You’ll find View from the Ridge in the same place you did Tuesdays with Maggie, hosted at