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5th of October

Packs and The Lone Wolf—How to Deal with the Deadly, Including Ourselves


Electric races lightening fast through my nerves around 9:30 p.m. A pack of coyotes starts yipping and barking. They are close.  Very close.  Right on the edge of the densely wooded ravine next to our log home. My heart thumps hard in my chest. The eerie sounds of the pack grip me as I stand with Rose and Baker on our front lawn under the star-studded sky. If able, I know where dour dogs will


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Why We Need to Reach Out
27th of September

Why We Need to Reach Out


There’s something ironic, even tragic, about feeling down-and-out. We don’t want to reach out. In fact, a common symptom of depression is isolation. Thinking we’re too much. Thinking we’re weird. Thinking we don’t want to burden anyone. Thinking we just need to get it together—pull ourselves up by our bootstraps—put on a happy face. Then we’ll be fine. Thinking we’d rather do just about anything other than connect. And where does such thinking get us,


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20th of September

Unexpected Harvest: When You Wonder What God Has in Mind for Your Life


Harvest. Our garden provided abundantly throughout the summer and still keeps giving. Lettuce, spinach, beans, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, pumpkins, raspberries. Each summer, this garden reminds me of the same truth—I can’t out-give God. I plunge seeds into the dark earth in spring. And then this. So much blessing. Too much blessing. I have to give the goodness away or it rots and smells. Sometimes, I don’t get what I plan. Like this


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15th of September

On the Edge: How Now Shall We Live?


Here is the world. You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time, you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. Frederick Buechner   Our float plane’s pontoons land softly on Uyak Bay. We slide by her, the Harvester tree I long to see each time I


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30th of August

You are Worth More Than the Cost of a Wedding


How to Have the Most Beautiful, Most Memorable, Least Expensive Life Ever Last week, I posted about the impromptu wedding on our farm. From the announcement to the bride walking down the aisle, three hours elapsed. Time allowed only for fresh flowers picked from gardens and fields, a dress the bride had never worn, and left-over food. Since that glorious day, I researched the average cost of current weddings in Milwaukee, 45 minutes south of


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The Wedding That Eclipsed the Eclipse
24th of August

The Wedding That Eclipsed the Eclipse


We stood on the concrete driveway, two of our three grown kids and me. Anna and Nick stared up at the cloud-covered sky as our bare feet soaked up the warmth from the sun we couldn’t see. I looked around. The grass seemed greener. The swallows flocked together. The temperature dropped. Though not completely dark, a thin veil of lightest gray covered the fields and us. I prayed silently. God, would you part the clouds


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27th of July

Why We Really Need Jesus To Clean Us


The older I get, the more I recognize my depravity, the deep-down dirty of my thoughts, words and deeds, of my even deeper motivations and instincts.  And the older I get, the more I know my need of Jesus.  Kind of like Paul in Romans . . . I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15-16 And .


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13th of July

Make Hay While The Sun Shines


They say, “Make hay while the sun shines” and this is true. Those of us around here with horses need hay cut at just the right time. We watch the weather, hoping for three, back-to-back sunny days for hay harvesting because horse hay must be dry. Otherwise, hay molds and can’t be fed to horses.   Last week was our first three-day stretch of dry since the hay was ready for harvest. I watched as


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5th of July

Abundance from Dependence


What do you do when your dreams aren’t coming true? What do you do when your heart breaks from the ache of wanting something so much and it looks like that one dream may never be yours?  Like Hannah who wanted a child.  Desperately. So what did Hannah do?  Instead of lashing out at her tormenter Peninnah, Hannah went straight to God with her lament and her request.  (1 Samuel 1:1-20) In short, Hannah poured


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16th of June

Weathering the Storms


I stand on the balcony of our west-facing library and see the young pumpkin vines beginning to flower yellow.  My eyes scan the rows of tender tomatoes and marigolds two weeks old, crying for relief from the oppressive heat and hard winds that can turn soil to dust and parch leaves crisp.  Their vulnerable stems bend low as if begging their Creator. How long, oh God?  How long? Where’s relief in the desiccated days that


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7th of June

Foreign Affairs and What’s Right With the World


Terrorist attacks.  My two sons and my husband are heading to London and Paris in two weeks for a WWII trip . . . I pray.  I reflect . . . I put a poster board together for him Saturday, the day before he walked the aisle.  The day before he took his seat among the others whose last name begins with a “J”. I slipped a photograph out of a plastic sleeve—the first of


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11th of May

When Mother’s Day Reminds You of Death—The Way to Find Life


Mother’s Day, 2002 I called my mother to make sure she received the dozen red carnations I sent as a surprise. “They’re gorgeous!  But you said you weren’t sending me flowers for Mother’s Day this year because of the bench.” “I know.  But you’ve always told me flowers should be given to the living, not the dead.” She laughed. I hadn’t planned on sending flowers.  I had bought her a bench.  A pale yellow, wood-slatted


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