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NATURAL LIVING

The Tasmanian Devil, unleashed

Sometimes life isn't funny. Sometimes, even when you're trying, even when you think you're on the right track, life turns around and kicks you in the arse. As I was skidding across my face this week, I thought about the flippant way that life gives and then ta...

The joys and sorrows of back-to-school

I think I may be the only person who doesn't love when my kids go back to school. I saw all the smiling faces of the moms and dads when those buses started rolling. Though it seems great in theory, I cannot not share in the joy. I much prefer having my kids ...

Feeling brave? Hit the giant thrift store on Labor Day...

The saying goes, "opposites attract." In my younger years, I thought this sounded ridiculous. Why would I want to spend time with someone with whom I had little in common? It seemed a silly proposition. I bucked the system and continually attempted to date peo...
LIFE ON PURPOSE

Does God weep?

Do you think God cries when we cry? I wonder if God feels sorrow when we feel sorrow, and if He sheds tears,...

The cross at Ground Zero

“What was God thinking when he let the buildings fall but left this cross?” This question, posed to me o...

It is love alone that counts

It is a little scary to view the chaos in the world today. The world appears to be at war. There are battles o...
IN THE KITCHEN

A gratifying skillet breakfast

Awakening to the smells and sounds of breakfast cooking in the kitchen can be one of the most gratifying things a person can experience. Unfortunately, I wouldn't know. I just so happen to be that person in the kitchen creati...
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

Potholes in the road to tranquility

I’ve been taking beach walks since I moved to Jamesport over nine years ago. I gravitate to the sand and sea in all seasons and “weather permitting” does not apply. Aside from the beautiful views and great exercise benefits, walking the beach allows...

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...
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