Empty Things

Apparently a teaspoon of milk left in a gallon jug is justification for returning it to the refrigerator.  Many a family can relate.  You pour a bowl of cereal, put it on the table, set out a spoon and go for the milk … only to find an empty container.  You reverse all these actions […]

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But Know This

I didn’t develop a love of reading until after my school years.  Until then, reading was simply necessary to prepare for the tests that were to come. Some tests were announced in advance and others came unexpectedly. Both were designed to measure comprehension and ability to apply knowledge.  I remember some wonderful teachers who emphasized […]

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Faded Pain

Kidney stones.  If you’ve ever had them, you know the full scope of these two words.  If you haven’t, they merely represent a painful condition you’ve heard about but can’t relate to. I was in the second camp most of my life, until one summer afternoon when I was personally introduced to kidney stones. The […]

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Unanswered Questions

He sat by the well and questioned why.  Though it wasn’t expressed at first, my greeting opened a door and he risked being vulnerable. In his arms he securely held his little grandson, who was both enthused and calmed by the falling water; a momentary peace in his daily struggle with autism. The peace didn’t […]

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The 24-Hour Gift

Maybe you’ve noticed. It seems like we turn the page of a calendar and suddenly find ourselves in the middle of the month.  Whether they are well planned or uneventful, the days are fleeting.  Perhaps it becomes clearer with the passage of time, but life truly is a gift given to us in 24-hour packages. […]

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Light in the Darkness

Every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day, the world gets a little brighter.  The lights of Christmas illuminate our landscape and we welcome their arrival. The leaves are gone, the air is cold and darkness comes earlier to our days.  Yet in this setting, we find ourselves anticipating something joyous and give expression to […]

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The Best Laid Plans

There was egg on my face.  Literally. The day’s schedule was full and my “to do” list was long. I skipped breakfast to get a head start, thinking brunch would be a better choice.  The morning flew and a glance at the clock reminded me that time had arrived.   I decided a couple of microwaved eggs wouldn’t […]

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