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NATURAL LIVING

My own brand of 'crazy'

I've been writing this blog for a couple of years now. It started out as a way for me to offer hints and tips, from my own life, to help others live a natural lifestyle on the cheap. Somehow, in the last year-ish, it's morphed into anecdotes about my family. O...

The backyard pool: luxury, headache — and bathtub?

I'm writing this poolside, on a beautiful, summer day. It is a true luxury and I am thankful for, this little oasis in my backyard. Though my husband threatens, at least once a year, to fill it in, the rest of us love having a swimming pool. Growing up, I de...

Coping with sticky-phobia

Last week I wrote about my husband's abnormal affinity for all things salt. In particular, I noted the fabulous healing power of this miracle mineral. In response, a friend sent me an email reminding me that raw honey also has many medicinal uses, including wo...
LIFE ON PURPOSE

Yes, the 'end times' are near

It’s hard to watch the news these days. Sometimes I feel like I’m watching a frightening movie play out on...

Martha's hands and Mary's heart: Life on Purpose

When I get to heaven, I have a lot of questions to ask, like: “How do we make sense of suffering?” and “...

Do you look but don't see?

I hate wearing glasses. Since I am near-sighted and my near-sightedness is getting considerably closer, I shou...
IN THE KITCHEN

Good food from fresh ingredients: simple and delicious

In the kitchen this week, I’d like to focus on this Julia Child quote: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces just good food from fresh ingredients.” Keeping it simple is something I always try to...
GARDENING

Put the garden to bed and dream of spring

The leaves on the dogwood tree in our yard have turned a magnificent burgundy. Frosts have arrived. The chickens have started to molt. The leaves are changing color and have...

Garlic-planting time in the garden

Gardening season is winding down for most. The harvest is slowing a bit, except for some cold weather crops. There is still plenty of winter squash, hearty greens like kale...
BIBLE STUDY

How are you REALLY doing?

"How Are You REALLY Doing?" A Christmas Message Text: Proverbs 14:13 "Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief." How...

Bible study: James 2:14-26

  “Talk is cheap— show me!” Text: James 2:14-26 14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can [a]that faith...

Bible study: Romans 11:1-6

Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ AlonePart 3: Text: Romans 11: 1-6 “In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to...
BITS AND PIECES

Prisoners of our own dissatisfaction

“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” So said our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. I agree with his assessment. Happiness comes from within. However, it is a paradox. Most of us strive to be happy, but are we really ever sati...

When one door closes, another opens: Learning to let go

Have you ever felt like you were straddling two worlds? Not in an extraterrestrial sense, but where one chapter of your life is finished and you are staring at a blank screen trying to write a new chapter. In modern jargon it’s called transitioning. ...

Yearning for a simpler time

Have you ever yearned for the good old days? I’m not talking about taking personal inventory, that’s a subjective question. On our journey through life we get to where we are by our actions and reactions—and if we don’t like the road we are on, th...

Learning to accept that 'it is as it is'

As far back as I can remember I loved the written word. As young child, when mom and dad announced “lights out,” I was the kid who covertly read by flashlight under the covers. I started writing stories when I was in kindergarten and according to Mo...
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