Uncategorized Apr 26, 2023

    mired at low tide the
   star is separated from
       its constellation

Liz McFadzean

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names on the cottage wall

Uncategorized Apr 19, 2023

Last summer, I told the lovely story of how my family came to Epworth in Michigan.  But there is another side to that story-- a painful side, a side unflattering to myself.

From my youngest years, the Wagner family would all pack into my grandmother’s cottage.  That was a lot of...

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the ultimate sacrifice

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2023

Last week while in Hawai’i, we took a tour of the memorial in Pearl Harbor to the crew of the USS Arizona.  It is a beautiful and moving tribute to the over 1,000 men who made the ultimate sacrifice, among the first American casualties in World War II.  As we walked quietly over...

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palm trees in hawai'i

Uncategorized Apr 05, 2023

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree.”  1 Peter 2:24

On Palm Sunday I was looking at trees in Hawai’i, and specifically the fronds of palm trees that tower above.  Who climbed up these stately trees to get palms by the hundreds to give Jesus a royal...

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balls of light

Uncategorized Mar 29, 2023

from Matthew 5:13-16

Who me? says I.  That cannot be.

So many gas bags flying around
bumping, colliding and bringing me down.

I’m avoiding all salt, for my heart, says me.


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charlotte's classroom

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2023

Our first granddaughter Charlotte has a passion for Junie B. Jones.  I might even call it an obsession.  Junie is a fictitious kindergartner/first grader a little like Ramona Quimby and Pippi Longstocking, with a little of Amelia Bedelia’s literalism thrown in.  She’s...

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butterfly in the mausoleum

Uncategorized Mar 15, 2023

It’s a pilgrimage I undertake
whenever I’m nearby
I go again and again
to visit cherished relatives
so long gone
seeking the living among the dead
saying nothing
that hasn’t been said before

there is no ghostly reply
nor do I expect one 
perhaps that is the attraction
the chance to...

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dining room cabinet...after

Uncategorized Mar 08, 2023

Everyone has different goals when organizing their houses.  And likewise, everyone has different attitudes toward “stuff”.  I have two cousins who were in clean-out mode last summer, and they couldn’t have been more different.  Mary’s mother and brother had...

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things we do not keep, part 2

Uncategorized Mar 01, 2023

I’ve shown you some of the things that I’ve held onto from my closet clean-outs, but this week I present things that I do not plan to keep…. although since taking this photo, my husband has pulled a few items back from the brink, like the candle in a silver heart engraved ...

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also from the guest room

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2023

Today is Ash Wednesday, and this year more than one person has said it has caught them by surprise.  Susan Cunningham writes, “I am grateful for the structure of the Church calendar—ready or not—that brings me to re-enter the desert of wandering and waiting…What am I...

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