A fresh look

Sometimes it saddens me to admit it, but I don’t get to spend a lot of time with kids these days. I’ve no children of my own at this point, and there are no little ones in my immediate family (yet). I don’t often encounter the joys that young people can bring into the most…

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I thought of you the other day

I thought of you the other day as I walked along. I remembered your smile when we first met – the way the corners of your lips turned ever so slightly when you gave me your name and tried to pronounce my own. I remember the light in your eyes when you spoke of your…

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Someday Isle

“Have any of you ever heard of Someday Isle?” asked songwriter and author Douglas Wood at the Little Swan Lake Winery last weekend. Although they didn’t realized it yet, nearly everyone in the cozy audience learned they’d spent some time at Someday Isle. It’s an interesting place – or more like a state of mind.…

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Shoe full of slush

It’s happening – same as it does every year. Snow is melting, brown weathered grass is creeping into sight, I’ve got a shoe full of slush – and I’m smiling.

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Are we windows?

I was reading an excerpt from a Dale Carnegie book the other night that shed new light on a familiar idea. It was, as usual, one particular quote that caught my attention: “A good window does not call attention to itself. It merely lets in the light. A good speaker is like that.”

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All that glitters…

Sunday School teachers generally don’t get annoyed with crayon companies. But when I was young, I made one Sunday School teacher think twice about her love of the Crayola corporation.

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I have a dream

During my freshman year of college, the theme for a series of student-led chapel services was “I have a dream.” The chapel idea was, of course, inspired by the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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On a Firefly Night

When I was young, I remember thinking that fireflies were magic. I had no idea how they worked, but the fact that there were little bugs that could disappear and reappear in a flash was magical in my developing mind. It wasn’t unusual for me to wish on them like I did falling stars and rainbows. Even though I’m grown now, I think there’s still something magic about a firefly night.

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Firestorm

“Don’t confuse the specter of your origin with your present worth.” – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We all get burned. Burned by things we didn’t expect. By inevitable tragedy. By people who don’t know any better. By people who just need to do better for themselves. Sometimes – even by ourselves.

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Angels’ Wings

At the risk of quoting a mushy inspirational song, “I believe there are angels among us.” I also believe there’s a bit of angel in each one of us.

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