Author Archives: Sonja Anderson

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.

What’s in Your Wallet? No, HEAD!

Wallets are held close–usually with us every time we go out, with our most important personal cards or pictures tucked inside. Shouldn’t it be the same with our MINDS? What do you hold close in your head? This question keeps … Continue reading

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A Whale Tale of Faith and Hope (Why I am Hopeful Today, #10)

Watching for whales out my living room window isn’t something I talk about a lot. Not because it’s crazy–I live near Puget Sound, home to whales–but because twenty-five years of watching for them has proven fruitless. Until yesterday. I was … Continue reading

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The Folded Cloth: Why I am Hopeful Today, #9

Nancy Drew and her friend are dismayed by the sight of a ransacked room. They want to know: “Who would do such a thing?” The answer, of course, is obvious: any burglar, thief, or interloper–anyone whose goal is to get … Continue reading

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He Actually Did It: Why I am Hopeful Today, #8

This past fall, you might recall, I seriously needed to reclaim some perspective. Troubling heart palpitations and a subtle, but relentless, sense of anxiety over the seemingly deliberate reign of chaos in Washington were beginning to truly get to me. … Continue reading

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God’s Long-Term Planning Ability: Why I am Hopeful Today, #7

Happy Advent! “Advent” means “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event” “especially of something momentous,” according to a quick search of online dictionaries. In the Christian church calendar, it means waiting for and celebrating the arrival of Jesus, God in … Continue reading

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Promises, Promises–Why I Feel Hopeful Today, #6

Do you expect people to keep the promises they make? We certainly don’t expect politicians, even ones we like and vote for, to keep all the promises they make. It’s pretty much a given that they won’t or can’t. Maybe I’m … Continue reading

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Happy, Hopeful Thanksgiving!

What are you feeling grateful for this year? Sitting around my grandmother’s “Friendly Village” china (Johnson Brothers), piled high with her turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, we’d always finish dinner by telling each other what we were especially grateful for … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops–Where? Why I Feel Hopeful Today, #5

Right after posting “Hope #4” last week, I heard about the Texas church shooting. Crushing. Sure felt like the darkness won that day, and it’s still a struggle. If I hadn’t just written that post about sin and darkness not lasting … Continue reading

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Darkness–Like Halloween–Doesn’t Last Forever: Why I am Hopeful Today #4

It’s the week of Halloween as I write this. Not my favorite holiday. I don’t know exactly why, except it probably has something to do with my introverted personality–I don’t particularly enjoy making a spectacle of myself. I also think back … Continue reading

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“Be still!” Why I Feel Hopeful Today #3

It made an impression on me nearly 30 years ago when my friend, Linda, happily informed me that my new home in Seattle didn’t have poisonous snakes or dangerous spiders. Seattle rarely had tornadoes or lightning or anything else that … Continue reading

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