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The Untold Story: Yours and Mine

A glint of gold caught my eye, something shiny tucked down in the shag carpet of our guest room-slash-office. Aha! A thin necklace belonging to our oldest daughter (the married one), proof that for several days prior our house had twittered with the happy bedlam of an extended-family visit . . . Days sprinkled with […]

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When Someone Close Needs an Avalanche of Hope

  When I said “Come sit on the bed,” she just planted her legs straight like prison bars and asked why. I patted the comforter next to me and mustered up my best impression of a mother who has no intention of giving up. She plopped down heavy with a sigh and buried her stone […]

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Suttle Lake in September

What Happens When We Desire the Right Things

In Sweet Home Alabama, young Melanie and Jake stand on the beach under stormy skies. She asks, “Why’d you wanna marry me for, anyhow?” Jake says, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.”  I drove ten minutes for this lake view. And it’s free. And it’s here every day, even on weekdays. Like today. […]

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When the Frenzy of Fall Already Has You Woozy

To look up, you’d never know it. The wonderlands, the wide open spaces of summer are shuttering for the season. Mornings of surprise visitors and spontaneous romps. Afternoons when you couldn’t escape the sun and its lazy spell if you tried. Days with less obvious boundaries, whispering, “Play hooky.” Yeah, they’re pretty much gone. But if […]

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Nature Has a Thousand Things

An excerpt from The Curate of Glaston by George MacDonald (I love this book!): As he walked and thought, a fresh wave of doubts washed over him. ‘The ideas of religion are so grand,’ he said to himself, “and the things all around it in life so ordinary. They contradict each other from morning to […]

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Open the Skies

Guess you could call it a pray-cation. We drove twelve hours to Bakersfield to eavesdrop on what the California School Project ministry looks like up close. On the day we rolled into town, California’s governor was preparing to formally declare the state in a drought emergency. The region is parched, on the brink of economic […]

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