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23rd of June

Dive


I was 26 years old on that balmy summer evening in Indiana.  Gathered with close college friends at a family cottage on Lake Maxinkuckee, we sat on the outside terrace under the moonlit onyx sky studded with stars as if God had emptied an immense bag of perfectly cut diamonds onto his black velvet jeweler’s fabric.  We reminisced about college days and laughed about our midnight runs to Skyline Chili, just off campus at the


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20th of June

Waste Management


We live with six horses.  Big animals.  Big appetites.  An average 1000 pound horse produces approximately 9 tons of manure annually.  That’s about 50 pounds daily, times six for us.  We decided to deal with our massive waste management challenge by creating a spot next to our barn where we could dump and tend to our horses’ “leftovers” by composting. Every day, we wheel loads of manure from the horse stalls and dump them into an enormous


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13th of June

Family Functions


Family functions—and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes, at the hands of family, we find ourselves, without warning, in spiritual, emotional, intensive care units not within hospitals but within wells and prison cells.  Such is what happened to Joseph.  The most favored son in his family, Joseph relished his position and, either from naiveté or pride, unwisely revealed his dreams of grandeur to some family members.  Ah, family!  The ones with whom we want to share our


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11th of June

William the Outcast


I met William at our son’s first high school cross-country meet on one of those perfectly warm, sunny Indian summer afternoon with leaves just beginning to turn.  As I observed Zach interacting with William, I saw two kindred spirits—both friendly and kind, but socially awkward and idiosyncratic.  I silently repeated one of my favorite clichés—“birds of a feather flock together”—and thanked God for providing Zach with a new friend. WARNING:  FEROCIOUS EGO-BEAST ABOUT TO BE


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23rd of May

Sold!


My daughter Anna was talking about her senior thesis the other day.  “The Plight of Russian Orphans” documents her adoption.  She hopes to educate and motivate others to consider giving a Russian orphan the gift of a family.  She chose not to include adoption costs in her paper because the “sticker shock” might deter some from even considering Russian adoption. As we were driving to school one morning, Anna asked, “How much did I cost?” 


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Prodigal Peanut
21st of May

Prodigal Peanut


I am breathing hard and fit to be tied!  I just got in from rounding up horses for the evening.  Our horses, the well-behaved ones, were fairly easy to lead into the paddock.  Peanut, our boarder horse, was a nightmare!  I love her but I was ready to ring her neck because of her refusal to cooperate with me.     In the spring, horses can hardly wait to get their first taste of fresh


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20th of May

Wonder Dog


Isabelle is our incredible, fabulous, stupendous, amazing, most wonderful yellow Labrador Retriever in the world!  We brought her home as a pup, just eight weeks old.  She chose us.  Responding to a newspaper ad, my husband and I drove an hour north of our home to pick out our first puppy.  Among a litter of eleven pups, it was hard to choose.  We knew we wanted a yellow female so that narrowed the field a


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Parfum de Violet
19th of May

Parfum de Violet


Violet lived on the wrong side of the tracks—literally.  I grew up in a fairly affluent area where most of the kids in my high school had well-educated, professional parents with many material possessions.  There was an area of town, however, that was not affluent but still part of our school district.  The poor area was separated distinctly from the more well-to-do area by railroad tracks.  Violet lived on the poorer side of the tracks. 


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Quack
18th of May

Quack


This weekend, I spent much time on my knees in the drizzling rain.  I wasn’t exactly praying.  I was weeding in my first battle of the season.  My enemy?  Quack grass, the third most invasive weed species in the world.  Living in the country as I do, quack grass is abundant in the fields and, unfortunately, in my many perennial beds.  Quack grass and I have an ongoing battle because, left unattended, it will choke


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Thrasher
15th of May

Thrasher


I flew to Arizona for a five day retreat to visit my 78 year-old father in Green Valley.  Just up the street from my dad’s home is a beautiful condo collection, one of which I rent each spring.  My condo this year overlooked the sensitive contour line of the Santa Rita Mountains.  Being the first week of May, the cacti were blooming, mid-day temperatures were in the high 90s, and the sun was bright with


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15th of May

Lead Foot


We live in a fast-paced, high stim world.  See, I didn’t even take the time to spell out “stimulation” because everyone knows what “stim” means, right?  It’s faster to keyboard and faster to say.  The need for speed is at an all time high.  We have quicker access to more information and more stimulation than ever before.  High speed Internet social networks make the need for real, face-to-face relationships nearly obsolete.  Soundbites are all we


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Benched
11th of May

Benched


Yesterday, I received an email from our son’s junior high basketball department.  The athletic director wrote that the program “can best be compared to a gifted academic program.”  He stated, “Students will not play equally,” adding that effort will be made to play every member but that it may be “impossible” due to the “competitive level of the opponent.” After reading the letter, I had some thoughts and feelings regarding the athletic policies, in light of the


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