Bud Break

A few weeks ago, green spikes shot up from the ground with cylindrical pale-yellow tubes that soon opened into daffodils.  I planted over a hundred bulbs last year and they all started rising and opening like glorious little trumpets around our yard.  A few days before Easter, the apple and pear trees budded.  Then “bud …

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Setting the Record Straight

In a recent interview, I was asked “How and Why does Christian fiction fall short in addressing topics such as mental health, racial inequity, domestic violence, sexual abuse, etc.?”  I was somewhat taken aback, especially since the topic was Redeeming Love. It also felt like one of those “when did you stop beating your dog” …

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Finding Common Ground

Years ago, I read John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie, and loved the whole idea of wandering the country and meeting all kinds of people.  America is a melting pot of cultures, and I’m not just talking about those brought in from other countries to enrich our nation, but geographical areas that create unique styles in …

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Oil and Water

I saw a picture the other day of the Straits of Juan del Fuego where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet.  You could see where the waters collided and didn’t blend. Why? They have different salinity.  Some doubted the veracity of the picture, but it reminded me of oil and water.  They do not mix. …

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Debt-Free Living

When Rick and I were young, we got into debt.  It was so easy to do.  When I graduated from college, companies sent me credit cards.  As newlyweds, we needed just about everything essential. We “needed” other things, too; nice dinners out, mini-vacations, sporting events, etc.  It wasn’t long before all we could afford were …

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Winterizing a Soul

I love working in the garden, even when I’m cutting away and pulling up so many plants that the yard looks barren when compared to spring and summer. Sometimes we must do the same kind of work on ourselves. Raul and Enrique came to prune the vineyard last weekend.  These two wonderful friends have been …

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The Challenges of a New Normal

Last year, 2020, was an historic year for all of us with challenges beyond our expectations.  So many people have lost jobs, homes, property.  We’ve relied on big box stores and Amazon for our necessities (though I don’t know why the same safety rules shouldn’t apply to small businesses). Activities have been curtailed, leaving people …

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Why Santa Might Be Late

Imagine the dire possibilities that might make Santa Claus late this year: -Santa was stopped at the border and searched for possible contraband. -Every package must go through scanners.   -Santa has been charged with trafficking weapons.  All Nerf guns, slingshots, rubber knives, bows and arrow have been confiscated and cataloged as evidence and stored …

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