grandma's birthday

Uncategorized May 11, 2022

Every year on this day I remember my Grandma Mary.  Today would be her 128th birthday.  Some years her birthday falls on Mother’s Day. Not so this year, but the date is still indelibly written on my heart. 

Grandma Mary had one child, my mom.  When my grandfather passed...

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mother's day gift

Uncategorized May 04, 2022

Motherhood isn’t always the lovely and rewarding experience described by flowery greeting cards.  I know personally the challenges and even deep sadness that a mother goes through.  I suffered through one child’s learning disabilities and another’s life threatening...

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sing

Uncategorized Apr 27, 2022

Sing, aged turtle, as you rise
  from the depths of the ocean’s brine;
sing of the world’s primal onset,
  of time and times and half a time.

Sing, tiny seeds dropped in the soil
  amidst the charred remains of trees;
sing of rebirth, of green and spring
  carried along...

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pine bough

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2022

haiku for Lori

         Unhinged by wind
like hair falling out in clumps
     advancing new growth

Liz McFadzean

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the cross

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2022

The wonderful thing about our God is that he always had a “work-around” for sin.  His work-around is one perfect atoning sacrifice for my sin and the sin of the world.  

I’m pretty careful these days with the word sin in any instance except in the case of my...

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a holy lent--peace

Uncategorized Apr 06, 2022

At the beginning of Lent, I distinguished harmony from unison singing.  When I longed for harmony, I wasn’t longing for total agreement, but for a melody of multiple voices in tune with one another.  So here, near the end of Lent, I go back to a similar refrain—I am longing...

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a holy lent--humility and empathy

Uncategorized Mar 30, 2022

Jesus is the one who has broken down the walls of hostility between humans.  I must be oh, so careful not to build them back, through unkind thoughts or broken systems.  So, this week I long for HUMILITY and EMPATHY. 

I’ve put these two words together because both require me...

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a holy lent--endurance

Uncategorized Mar 23, 2022

I used to believe that if I kept to my workout regimen, I wouldn’t ever lose my muscle tone.  I could keep my body and fitness forever.  I didn’t take into account the debilitating effects of plantar fasciitis.  An overuse injury, common to tennis players of a caliber...

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a holy lent--vision

Uncategorized Mar 16, 2022

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.  Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You; I want to see You.”          Michael W. Smith 

Today I am longing for VISION…. vision to see God and learn from him.  To know that what...

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a holy lent--simplicity

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2022

I enjoy the magazine “Real Simple” with its space-saving solutions, its paired down decor and clean lines.  I like the concept, but I can’t live that way.  My house is filled with so much stuff, and each item carefully placed in view has a memory attached or a useful...

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