Monthly Archives: September 2013

My friend, Harvey

Sometimes life smiles upon you in a very special way. When I was in college, I met my friend Harvey. She goes by Mary these days, but back then she preferred to be called Harvey. To say she is funny, … Continue reading

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Long-suffering and Scripture

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. [Galatians 5:22-23]. Rather than stress or be distressed about why the discussions are not as Galatians states I … Continue reading

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Cast your bread upon the waters

Casting your bread upon the waters. What does that make you think of? If you are in a literal mood, perhaps it makes you think of feeding the ducks with day old bread. Gosh, when you do that, the ducks … Continue reading

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A week bookended by cousins and one of my brothers

Today is my brother Mike’s birthday. To know him is to love him. He is one of those genuine guys that everyone loves. Why is that? He is loving, respectful and believes that there is no such thing as a … Continue reading

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A resource for a free SAT/ACT preparation class

My friend Katharine Trauger made me aware of a free SAT/ACT tool/preparation class. You pay a very small student fee, but that’s it. Of course there are other levels of instruction you can purchase, but most of my students will … Continue reading

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Leaping over obstacles

There are many things I love about being a mom/wife/teacher/tutor/manager/life coach. Now that I think about it, there is definitely a common thread in each of these. For me, that common thread is helping people to overcome obstacles.  After all, … Continue reading

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Remembering some miracles: or should I pout?

At times it seems that words like love and miracles are so over-used these days that they have become trivialized. I agree. Yet marvelous things (both big and small) occur in my life. I can see God’s fingerprint in these … Continue reading

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Bucket list and a drop in the bucket

Perhaps I am more aware than usual of the passage of time this year. I have a heightened awareness of passages, changes, stages, and phases of life. My husband and I celebrated 30 years of marriage this spring. I have … Continue reading

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Do you cherish your dreams?

Life has a way of making us numb to our own dreams and visions. We set them aside as being just foolish ideas. Why do we do that? I cannot speak for you, but there are various reasons that I … Continue reading

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Omelette muffins Recipe

Adapted from a healthlinguist recipe (Makes 12) Spinach (or other raw veggies)  & Cheese Omelette Cups~ Frozen Spinach (or raw, or other veggies) 8 eggs Grated cheese Diced tomato Salt Pepper Paprika Preheat oven to 375F 1. Arrange spinach on … Continue reading

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Having a tough day?

Are you having a tough day or week? Do you feel worn out or care-worn? Ah, put your feet up now, and take a deep breath. Yes, I know that doesn’t fix anything. The difficulties and challenges in your life … Continue reading

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I will never forget, no not ever

I ran this post last year, and am re-running it today ~ with the year updated, of course. My friend Pete (who served in the Navy) says this: “Take this from 9/11, and the sacrifice of so many on that … Continue reading

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Say only the good things

Paul “Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. … Continue reading

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Sharing Jeremiah 29:11-15

Forgive the re-run on my part. I wrote this about one of my favorite Bible verses. I just want to share it again. Sometimes I awaken worried. Perhaps I had a bad dream; perhaps my things to do list has … Continue reading

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How do you want to be remembered?

We create impressions and memories by how we live our lives. How do you hope to be remembered? Perhaps I am thinking about that today, because of the multiple “reunions” I have attended lately. You know how those things go. … Continue reading

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Those with true eyes see your heart; they know you sparkle

‘Tis September, and the summer days are fleeing. It has been a summer that renewed me in unexpected ways. A few months ago, I was going through a really difficult time. My little boat was going through some torrential times, … Continue reading

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Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word

I love living in the southwest. You see, having spent most of my life in other places, it came as a surprise to me that I would love the desert the say that I do. I tend to bloom where … Continue reading

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People who love us raise us up

In light of the fact that I have been renewing friendships and reuniting with cousins off and on over the past few months, I realize once again how we are the wind beneath each others’ wings. We reach out and … Continue reading

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Reunions and reconnecting are like returning to beloved books

In a social media world, much of our lives have become like text messages and twitters. Our communications are shortened, our time together in face-to-face encounters is brief. This has been the case for awhile now. Letters and long Sunday … Continue reading

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