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Building Community

Building Community My son and his family moved to South Carolina; and while I was glad to see them pursue something that was important to them, I also, hoped they would be able to build community with this move.  My daughter-in-law has family in the same area, but being among others with a young family is import...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Words matter

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119).   Words matter.  “Thank you.”  “I am sorry.”  “Come with me.”  “I love you.”  As a people we are always looking for the words that will convey...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keeping Our Balance

Do any of you remember the 1971 film adaptation of the 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof?” The movie opens with a Fiddler playing on a rooftop, his footing appearing very secure, allowing for the stability needed to continue his performance confidently. The film opens with Tevye (the da...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Let's not waste our zucchini

Let's not waste our zucchini Among the most popular and bountiful of summer’s fresh garden produce is the infamous zucchini. Even during years when gardens struggle, it seems the zucchini still produces abundantly. Just recently, my dad offered me some zucchini from his garden. As I began to think about how I might fix t...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The gift of our hands

Our youngest grandchild is now six months old, and I have been reminded each time I hold him of how quickly these little ones grow.  He is learning to reach out to grab objects, his bottle, cup, new foods being introduced to him, his brothers' faces when they get too close and our hair if we g...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

More on mindfulness

In my last column, I wrote about my mother’s mindful approach to parenting. I would like to move a little deeper into the benefits of mindfulness.  Some people think of mindfulness as being primarily a Buddhist practice, but it’s not.  Quite simply, mindfulness is being fully...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Images of Jesus

For the past five weeks I have been involved with a class called “Images of Jesus.”  The diversity in this class has been such a gift.  One of the students is originally from Viet Nam.  She was a little girl during the Viet Nam War.  Others are from Africa, and they...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Trials and transformation

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit̶...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Community life … who is responsible?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to chat with Sister Eileen Reckelhoff, a member of the Benedictine community of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. During the course of our conversation Sister Eileen mentioned how her family life at home very much mirrored life in the monastic...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Doughnut Day

Doughnut Day Perhaps you didn’t realize it, but June 2nd was National Doughnut Day!  We may find it funny to celebrate such a thing, but now really, who doesn’t enjoy a good doughnut!  I came across an interesting story of a tradition that began in Chicago in 1938 to finance the Salvation...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017