Friendship, Feast and FictionGood BooksWriting

When the Well Runs Dry, Begin Again

Our 140-year-old brick farm house sits on property that is known for its natural springs. In at least three distinct spots on our hundred acres, water bubbles up at will. Our spring-fed pond is freezing cold year-round, but rarely freezes over in winter because of the springs supplying a constant flow of fresh water. And yet, some years ago, a...

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Friendship, Feast and FictionGood BooksSlice of Life

A Summer of Culture: Friendship, Feasts, Fiction and Film

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer. As promised, I’m going to focus on some “F” topics that are “A+” in my life. A couple of weeks ago, I teased you with promises of posts on friendship, feasts and fiction. I want to add another “F” to the summer list — film. And all of these fit neatly into the one-word prompt...

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FaithGood Books

Filled to the Measure, Even in the Storms of Life

"It rains on all of us. Some of us just carry an umbrella." My chin dropped at the soft-spoken wisdom of my friend Genie. This woman is walking through a cancer diagnosis, she recently lost her husband and then she lost her job. But my friend is quick to say she couldn't survive the storms of life without her "umbrella" -- her faith. If each...

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Five Things I Learned By Watching Dad

“Heroes aren’t supposed to die. How do you say good-bye to someone who saved your life?” My nephew’s tearful good-bye to his Grandpa was almost more than I could bear. As I wrapped my arms around his burly frame, I remembered the little guy who’d spent summer days at our farm, playing in the creek and jumping on the trampoline with his...

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A Posture of Lent: Listen With The Ear of Your Heart

Lent has long been my favorite season in the church calendar, partly because it comes near the end of winter and the beginning of spring, but mostly because Lent sets us on the path toward Easter. For me, Advent and Christmas are but a prelude to the big pay-off — Lent and Easter, the anticipation and celebration of God’s gift of the...

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Faith

Where She Owns Her Influence and Names It

It was not my finest hour. At the end of three long days that involved taking our oldest son through doctors’ appointments, medical tests and travel, I came home to a messy kitchen. And I snapped. At least for me, the woman my husband calls the most patient person he knows, it was a “snap”. Maybe I just spoke firmly. Anyway, the target of my...

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Faith

When Sitting Tight in Christmas Just Makes Sense and an Epiphany for Epiphany

My Christmas decorations will come down this week. Maybe. According to my liturgical calendar, we're still in the season of Christmas, specifically the season of Epiphany which celebrates "the manifestation of Christ" in the flesh. Epiphany doesn't end until January 14, when we enter eight weeks of Ordinary time -- the quiet season between...

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Faith

Waiting and Walking ‘With’

"How are you doing?" Over cups of hot tea, my dear friend asked a question that I've asked myself often lately. How am I doing? Am I doing enough to help our oldest son during a crucial time of healing -- body and soul? Am I getting enough rest? Am I still connecting with the rest of our family, with the brothers who want to know that I...

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