Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Prayer for Strength and Comfort

In the midst of our deepest struggles, we should always remember that God’s own Spirit intercedes for us, “with groanings too deep for words.” Continue reading

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The Challenge of Teaching

It seems like there is nearly always some degree of tension in teaching a subject area that you really love… especially when you have to teach it to people who don’t share your enthusiasm. Continue reading

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Second Time Around

Is it complete ineptness, acute perfectionism or sheer insanity when you actually have to rehearse doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? Continue reading

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The Ice Bucket Challenge

Having got caught early on last spring in one of those “Take the Plunge” challenges, I’ve been lying low lately, hoping to avoid the “Ice Bucket Challenge” or whatever it’s called. I thought I had made it, frankly. The likely … Continue reading

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Storm Cloud Sunrise

The same weather that produces bountiful crops makes for lots of mowing. Even a season of too much rain offers its own moments of beauty, though.
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A Good Race

I faced a bit of a dilemma last weekend. After getting news of my mother’s death early Thursday evening, I had to decide what to do about the mud run on Saturday for which I’d registered back in April. In … Continue reading

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Never Her Own Person

I can’t speak to her years of growing up, of being a teenager but I suspect that as the oldest of at least eight children, Mom probably never really had the chance to be a kid. If memory serves me … Continue reading

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