Guess Who’s Turning 80 in July!

Guess Who’s Turning 80 in July!

It’s not me . . . at least not yet (Gotcha going there, didn't I!)   Not long ago, Peggy Wheatcroft turned 80, and she did something amazing to mark the milestone. Rather than receive presents, she gave one, a gigantic one! Her gift(s) became a birthday surprise...

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Fresh!

Fresh!

“The ground is terrible here. You can’t grow anything decent in this dirt!” Years ago, that was my dad’s pronouncement when he assessed the state of affairs in my sister Janice’s garden close to our house in Florida. True, in a land where juicy oranges, plump...

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A Toilet Tissue Tale, Ukraine Style

A Toilet Tissue Tale, Ukraine Style

Toilet paper and lecturer’s chalk, these were two essential items, which preceded our arrival in Kiev, Ukraine, nine years ago in April 2011. Dozens of toilet paper rolls cushioned the fragile sticks of chalk, needed for the nineteen art & music performances...

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Secrets from the Game Girl Vault

Secrets from the Game Girl Vault

I like to play games! Check all that apply: ___ Board games ___Solitaire ___Sudoku ___Crossword puzzles ___Other (__________________)     I hate playing games! Check all that apply: ___Games are pointless, a waste of time. ___I never win. ___I’d rather talk to...

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Mennonite Daughter: Creating a Book Trailer

Mennonite Daughter: Creating a Book Trailer

What happens after a festive book launch and a fruitful book tour? Mennonite Daughter is still peddling. The Story of a Plain Girl is still logging “book-mobile” miles. But now she has a book trailer!   A book trailer helps build hype for your book. It interjects...

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Picturing Beauty through a 2020 Lens

Picturing Beauty through a 2020 Lens

I chose B-E-A-U-T-Y as my focus word for 2020. Even if dozens of leviathans had dropped from the sky from Mars, never would I have imagined the impact world events would have on our collective experience in the first 5 months of this year. Wow, oh, wow! Below, you can...

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Simple Snack or Supper for this Season

Simple Snack or Supper for this Season

Avocado Toast is yummy! Have you tried it? Great for mid-morning snack, 4 o'clock tea, or simple supper   Assemble your ingredients: 2 small or l large avocado; seasonings, salt and red pepper flakes; tomato slices (optional). Avocado, nature's butter, is...

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Flash in the Pan: A Sunday Morning Argument

Flash in the Pan: A Sunday Morning Argument

  We should have been in church We would have been in church this Sunday Except for the Corona Virus   Sunday morning started off well but seemed rather strange since usually we would be in church where Marian taught her two-year olds in Sunday School. But...

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Birds, Bees, and the Bubonic Plague

Birds, Bees, and the Bubonic Plague

Sheltering in Place Shielding masks Social distancing SOAP – and plenty of it! These are expressions seldom heard before mid-March 2020 when I noticed the Covid-19 virus had spread to became a pandemic. Scientists speculate that a 55-year old person from Hubei...

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Tips from Two Quaker Oats Boxes

Tips from Two Quaker Oats Boxes

Two Quaker Oats boxes sit side by side, both cylindrical, cardboard boxes. One (on the left) is labeled “Quick” Oats and the other “Steel Cut.” One takes one minute to cook, the other 25-30 minutes. Both varieties have similar taste and texture, but they are not...

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April Hosts Mennonite Daughter in April!

April Hosts Mennonite Daughter in April!

April Yamasaki is hosting Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl this week. April, a Mennonite pastor and editor of Purpose magazine, is author of more than a dozen books, including Sacred Pauses and Four Gifts, a book I have reviewed. We’ve been online friends...

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My Brother Mark and the Easter Miracle

My Brother Mark and the Easter Miracle

Death and Resurrection   Dead plant comes to life Rain falls and within seconds dried-up moss that's been virtually dead for decades unfurls in an explosion of green. The microscopic creatures living in the moss come out to feed.   Quotes and photos above...

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A Cat Tale: How do you Accommodate?

A Cat Tale: How do you Accommodate?

Crista: Will you come over and feed the kitties while we are gone for a few days? I have a cat sitter coming in during the day for the wet food, but it would help if you did the night feeding. We are taking the kids to Savannah during spring break. Mom (me): Why sure!...

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Do You Have 2020 Vision?

Do You Have 2020 Vision?

Do you have 20/20 Vision? I hope so, but if not, maybe you get by with a little help from your friends, as I do: Eyeglasses help                  So does my ophthalmologist Artist Monet suffered from cataracts in both eyes, but still produced lovely impressionistic...

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A Lesson from Aunt Ruthie’s Grandfather Clock

A Lesson from Aunt Ruthie’s Grandfather Clock

Someone has said, "Grandfather clocks come with two simple instructions"   First, don't let it run down Second, don't wind it too tight   Aunt Ruthie's grandfather clock sat in a corner of the sitting room, a fixture during most of my childhood. Actually, at...

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