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Love is Like That

Both of my kids were unexpected gifts. Nevertheless, when my first child arrived I fell instantly in love with her. So much so that I was afraid I could never love another child as much. I needn’t have worried. When Beth … Continue reading

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Rootbound

Trees that outgrow their planters (and plants that outgrow their pots) become rootbound–strangled by their own roots. Unable to grow. Unable to take in nutrients. What to do? First, remove the plant from its too-small container. Second, trim away the … Continue reading

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The Shepherds

Dan and Trish Shepherd drag their clan, two teens and three little ones, “the meemies,” into a diner called Whoopees. The meemies immediately begin running amuck. “Hey!” Mom shouts. Dad comes to the rescue: “No grass until the sheep get … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

Our daughter flew home for the holidays yesterday.

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The Lush Life

An Embarrassingly True Story I was 11 and it was my first New Year’s Eve party. Sort of. It would be at least two more years before I was allowed to attend a Real Party. The moment we stepped into Aunt … Continue reading

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My Butterfly Effect

I’ve always found the butterfly effect intriguing: the idea that the mere flap of a butterfly’s wing in, say, Des Moines could start a chain reaction leading to a devastating tsunami in Sr Lanka; or, for that matter, to the … Continue reading

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Two Divine Elements

N1 “They were together in one accord, continually devoting themselves to prayer.” ~Acts 1:14 N2 “Then He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and share the Good News with everyone.’” ~Mark 16:15

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