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Something Wonderfully Wrong

On a blustery January day 39 years ago, I met a girl who loved God and Shakespeare (in that order). She was smart. Creative. And as pretty as English china. Outwardly decorous, inwardly stubborn—Jane Austen meets the Rebel Alliance. I thought … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Brother Cat

Image by Tony Hurst My Real Memoir Once our mighty warrior cat Mr. B had passed away, Ginchy became the unchallenged CIO (cat-in-charge). He was incontestably the cleverest feline who ever lived. Not that he was all brain and no … Continue reading

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Don’t Love Your Family!

Thought for the Week My title is a ruse. But it makes a point: There’s a widespread belief that loving your family and friends is the greatest virtue to which you can aspire. This is either true or false depending … Continue reading

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Branching Out

Image courtesy of pexels.com My Featured Blogger this week is Kate Duff of A Thousand Bits of Paper. Australian writer and poet Kate covers a wide range of topics, both articulately and compellingly. But beneath all of her writing is … Continue reading

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Cats I Have Known and Loved

My Real Memoir I’m not a “cat person” per se, because that implies a species-specific specialization (say that five times fast and you win a kitten). Not me. I love cats, dogs and bunnies equally. And marmosets and mongooses too … Continue reading

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Blessed to be a Blessing

Today is Boxing Day, a day with its roots in the medieval tradition of placing alms and small gifts in the church Poor Box on Saint Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas. By the early 1800s Boxing Day had become … Continue reading

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Merry Two Christmases!

Like many believers worldwide, our family celebrates two Christmases. First, we celebrate God’s gift to us. And then we give gifts to others. It’s the first that makes the second possible. Why? Because without His gifts of life and redemption … Continue reading

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Was Jesus’ Birth a Miracle?

Thought for the Week Christmas commemorates an “impossible” event–the miraculous birth of a child to a woman who’d never “known” (had sexual relations with) a man (Luke 1:34). It is commonly believed that miracles are events outside, i.e. in violation … Continue reading

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Overlooked Birthdays at Christmas Time

Image by Angèle Kamp Some of my friends’ birthdays fall on or near Christmas day, and so, sadly, they tend to be overlooked. Take my friend Jesus, for example. Hey, here’s an idea: What if we were so much like Him, … Continue reading

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What I Really Want for Christmas

My wife and I have reached that stage where we have to “share” our kids with their significant others’ families at Christmas. OK, OK, technically I suppose “their” families have just as much right to them as we do. But … Continue reading

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