Happy Birthday to Me

Today I turn 57. I was born in 1957. It’s a 57 kind of year for me. I don’t like getting old, but I refuse to pretend it’s not happening. …

Oh, Very Young

Cat Stevens, A.K.A. Yusaf Islam, the 70s singer/songwriter who converted to the Muslim religion after a near-drowning accident, had a way with a musical phrase. One of his most plaintive …

A Mother in Israel

It was decided. The Lamb Wins team would attend the Generation of Youth for Christ conference to share our new musical project. “We’ll sell thousands of CDs!” Delon proclaimed. “At …

My All-White World

I grew up in an all-white world. Well, not exactly all white. There was Maurice, the black custodian at the local shopping center, who swept the sidewalks singing B.B. King …

Do you have any M.L.D.s?

Multi-Level Disasters? Mother-in-Law Debates? Maple-Lemon Duck Sauce? Acronyms develop when something appears so often that it calls for a more efficient name. No need for, “Repondez s’il vous plait.” Just …

A Woman Won by Love

I have a couple of young male friends who once made a science of flirting. They read books about it, fastidiously putting what they learned into practice. Until talking to …

Dog Blog

My parents named our dog “Heinz” in reference the Heinz catsup slogan, “57 varieties.” They figured our friendly mutt had 57 varieties of dog coursing through his veins. I have …

From Pretty to Ugly, From Dust to Life

By Alison Brook Schwirzer I love pretty things. I browse Pinterest for home decor ideas and use pretty filters on Instagram just as much as the next person. There’s absolutely …

People > Projects

It’s done. The recording project started four years ago—putting the book of Revelation to song—has moved from our hands into others’ who will refine, polish, and package it until it …