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Crossing the Continent, Finding Faith
28th of September

Crossing the Continent, Finding Faith


The beginning of this month, I flew to the edge of the continent. From one shore to another—Lake Michigan to Alaska.  Flew to Anchorage and then Kodiak Island. Boarded a bush plane, hugged the interior mountain peaks, landed on a gravel strip at Larsen Bay. Hauled my bag down to the black rocky beach. Climbed into one of two waiting skiffs with a group of writers. Motored seven miles through Uyak Bay, salted wind blowing


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31st of August

On the Edge, In a Wilderness


I’m flying far away Friday. Off to Alaska to an island surrounded by ocean teeming with fin whales and sea lions, salmon and otters. Flying off to write and to learn to write better. Flying off to take a breaths under expansive sky, to visit dear friends, to meet and make new friends. Flying off to the edge of a continent and eating the fish pulled from the sea each day. I am thankful for


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24th of August

If You Need Some Love To Set You Free


I hired a prisoner yesterday. Well, actually, a former prisoner. Just out of the slammer. Spent two years behind bars and that wasn’t his first stint—in prison, that is. $150 to his name. Rent due September 1. No job yet but he’s hunting hard. Anyone want to hire a prisoner set free? Yeah, he’s made bad choices. Haven’t we all? Yeah, he’s suffering the consequences. Aren’t we all? Whether we have $150 in our pockets


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17th of August

When Darkness Engulfs


I’m not going to get political in this piece. I’m going to get personal. And spiritual. Because the spiritual should affect the personal and the personal should affect the political. What I’ve witnessed these past few days is the reverse order of God’s order and all hell has broken loose. Now, the creeping darkness has descended on Milwaukee. Over the weekend, riots left a 23 year-old African-American man dead, buildings burned, businesses looted and police


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12th of August

Simply Grateful


We went to our “happy place”, as our youngest son calls it, for a family vacation from Saturday until Wednesday. Door County is the “thumb” of Wisconsin and what some refer to as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest”—a peninsula that juts out separating the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Highway 42 meanders north past groves of cherry trees and grapevines, through cozy little villages with harbors full of boats this time of


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3rd of August

What To Do When You’re Overwhelmed


Ever felt like your life is flying by so fast that everything’s a blur and you can’t remember what you did two hours ago, let alone two days ago?  When your days are stuck in fast forward and you’re trying to pack more and more in like a suitcase you simply MUST sit on to get it zipped? Time to unpack.  Time to unwind.  Time to shut down, shut off, sit down, sit up and


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Let the Bullets Fly!
20th of July

Let the Bullets Fly!


Like many, I have been grieving over all the bullets flying.  Bullets made with lead. Bullets made with words. Both wounding, maiming, destroying.  Seems to be increasing.  The murders. The hate. The protests. The terror.  What’s one to do? I say, act like a dog . . . Yesterday morning as I lay in bed with the sun just beginning to shine through the east windows, I heard the thunder of four little feet tearing


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Truth Never Dies
11th of July

Truth Never Dies


Today, I’m passing along a poem I found in William J. Bennett’s The Book of Virtues, a marvelous collection of writings from he compiled for children on the subjects of self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, work, courage, perseverance, honesty, loyalty and faith.  These stories and poems are not just for children. They are for all people everywhere. The following poem, “Truth Never Dies”, does not name the author but I found these words so comforting in


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Character Matters
8th of July

Character Matters


He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8   That storm rolled in like a freight train yesterday. Saw it coming from the west all dark and ominous. Ran to the barn and closed those sliding doors. Got back inside just in time. BOOM! Lightening and thunder came with the


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True Church
6th of July

True Church


  Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 Started in the fields yesterday, early afternoon, church on the farm. Ended up in the barn at 9:45. PM. Longest church I’ve ever witnessed. Don’t know if anyone here knew they were at church or in church, but I still say it was church just the same. That farmer up the road rambled down with his haying equipment late morning and


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True Independence
4th of July

True Independence


  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17   Today is Independence Day, 2016. For starters, I reread the Declaration of Independence (click to read) and familiarized myself with the reasons we separated ourself from England in 1776.  One word . . . Tyranny. Our forefathers found life under tyrannical rule absolutely unacceptable.  Politically, I wonder how many of us have forgotten?  How


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1st of July

When The Sky Is Dark and the Rain Comes and You Wonder If You’ll Ever See the Sun Again


The Spirit of the Lord is on me,  because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18-19 The thunder rolled. And so it goes . . . Near-perfect stretch of summer days followed by overcast. And then, clouds moved fast last


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