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A Birthday Request and a Gift for You

Birthdays sure have changed. As a little girl, I loved celebrating with my friends and taking treats to school to share with classmates (do kids still do that?). Then, for a very long season, I acted too cool to care and passed it off as just another year. These days, I'm not too proud to celebrate the fact I've made it another year and I'm...

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A birthday request

4 Steps Toward Shining Light in Dark Places

Through the winter months, I've looked forward to sitting in the early morning dark with my coffee, Bible, a journal and a stack of books I'm reading. This dawn encounter with God has become important to me. I kind of like that it takes place by candlelight, before the day unfolds and presses in, so I linger as long as my calendar and the...

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Let Your Light Shine
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4 Ways Crafting Fuels Our Brain, Boosts Our Mood

It's February, the epicenter of the "holiday drought"  between New Years Day and Easter (Valentine's Day doesn't count). Not much is happening in this season of gray skies, dirty snowbanks and muddy trails. For those of us in the northern Midwest, summer is but wishful whimsy and for many, running off to sunnier climates isn't an option....

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Life: Family Heritage in a Teacup

I usually drink my black tea in a mug, and always Brit-style with cream and sugar. Today, as I reached for my favorite mug, I changed course and uncovered my clay Brown Betty teapot to brew a full pot of tea. I slid open the china cabinet handed down to me by my stepmom and selected a cup and saucer, cream pitcher and sugar bowl from her Wild...

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The Greatest Accomplishment in Life

“The greatest accomplishment in life is to be what we are, which is God’s idea of what He wanted us to be when He brought us into being.” Thomas Keating, American Catholic monk   I sat in a room full of strangers last Thursday, eight of us around a table, each taking a minute to speak our names and tell a little about ourselves. They know...

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Detail of a portrait by Claude Monet
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Fall Is For Roots, Spring Is For Shoots

We did a bit of landscaping this spring, with the help of a professional, and I'm loving the result. Coral bells have been blooming and miniature hydrangea bushes are just finishing their show. And the sedum is spreading like wildfire. "Fall is for roots, spring is for shoots." With the advent of Autumn and the cooler months of October and...

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When Going Back Means Moving Forward

The car was filled "to the gills" and an equally full pick-up truck will soon follow. Our son is moving back to Chicago. This morning, as he and his brother headed north down the road that leads out of our valley, I didn't cry or linger in melancholy (as is my wont, being an Enneagram 4). Instead, I celebrated in my heart. Today, going back...

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Take 5: Pause To Start and To Finish

There's plenty to read on the Internet about the benefits of "brain dumps." We're urged to take time before beginning a new task or at the start of a new day to write down (or dump) all the things crowding our brains. Tasks, ideas, concerns, lists. Put them all down on paper as a means of getting them out of the way to make room for the more...

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