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Trust the Nature of the Seed

It’s harvest season for Indiana gardeners. Ten minutes in our little garden last night resulted in a tub full of fresh veggies. Today, I enjoyed (this term is used loosely) freezing green beans, broccoli and cauliflower. Tomatoes are coming on strong, and soon...

When the Innocent Suffer: Stop the Heartache

“Are you mean?” It’s not a question I’m asked often, so when the little girl with the cynical blue eyes asked, I knew I’d better give a straight answer. “I don’t think so.” “Are you nice? Are you nice to your kids? Do you ever smack their...

Getting My Hands Dirty Doing the Hard Work

It was a good evening for a walk. Humidity had dropped, the sky was clear and a sunset awaited at the end of the lane. But first, I had some wrestling to do. Earlier in the day, a good friend had offered me a clump of purple Japanese iris, with a start of Michigan...

When God Comes in a Whisper

I tell him what I know — and it’s all I know. Most of the time, God isn’t in the wind. He’s not in the earthquake. Not even in the fire. Most of the time, God comes as a gentle whisper. “That’s how it was for you?” he asks....

I Am My Mother’s Daughter

I hear laughter as I step onto the porch. Young voices ring out tonight, mingled with those of my friends, daughters home from school, daughters joining mothers in this monthly tradition of coming together to create something with our hands. And with our hearts....
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