School Days



Love this photo of Mary Z. and her sister, Sharon,

bundled up in coats sewn for them by their Grandma

Olson–ready to walk the mile to their one-room schoolhouse! 

(circa 1950s)


 SEPTEMBER is a time to look ahead to new beginnings . . .

My mother once told me that every September when my brothers and I would head out the

door for our first day back at school, a part of her wished she were going, too.

Autumn is a time for nostalgia and reflection.  It’s also a time for settling in and getting back on schedule.  It’s a time for looking ahead to new projects, for getting organized and forming new habits.

Good habits could be most anything . . .

Trying a new recipe each week

Getting back to journaling

Joining a book club

Cleaning a drawer (or a closet) every week

Finishing some of the projects you’ve started

Visiting someone who is lonely on a regular basis

Calling your mother once a week

OR how about establishing a habit of reading a Psalm from the Bible each day?


Here’s a section of Psalm 8 (verses 3-9, quoted from The Good News Bible):

When I look at the sky, which you have made,

at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—

what are human beings, that you think of them;

mere mortals, that you care for them?


Yet you made them inferior only to yourself;

you crowned them with glory and honor. 

You appointed them rulers over everything you made;

you placed them over all creation:

Sheep and cattle, and wild animals too;

the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!


What an inspiring way to start the day!