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NATURAL LIVING

And they call this fun?

I have an odd relationship with the beach. I've never lived more then five minutes from the water. Growing up, the Long Island Sound was a mere half-mile away and as a teen, I made the brief walk with friends as often as possible. I never really thought abou...

Breaking: The She-Hulk lives

My son once asked me, "If you could be any super hero, who would it be?" Without hesitation, I answered, "She Hulk." And I've never wished for that alter-ego more then I did yesterday, during the ghastly culmination of a hellish week. I totally envisioned my...

Planks, mountain climbers and bear crawls: oh, ouch!

I am a determined woman. Some may say stubborn, but I think that just reflects a lack of appreciation for my resolve. Though they may chastise me, there are several loved ones in my life who benefit from the fact that I am allergic to quitting. However, it see...
LIFE ON PURPOSE

God knows our deepest needs

This spring, I led worship for a few retreats of men and women. Leading worship for a groups like these means ...

Faith and human wisdom are meant to go hand in...

I never know where life with my daughter Johanna will lead me. And when you add her older siblings in the mix,...

Sister, friend, protector, idol

As my daughter, Johanna and I stepped off the plane, the tropical air warmed our bodies. It was nice to get aw...
IN THE KITCHEN

In the Kitchen: the ultimate bánh mì

This summer's ultimate holiday weekend is finally here. Fireworks and cookouts go hand in hand — delicious eats everywhere you go. Unfortunately I will be cooking for others this holiday weekend and this only means o...
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

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...

'Andare a vivere la tua passione': Living Dad's advice

Wow wee!!! I feel like a teenager (sans the pony tail) and here’s why: I have a brand new car — and not just any run-of-the- mill car. It’s a hot sporty model with a turbo engine. In the aftermath of my husband Frank’s death a year ago, I figure...

Behold: the many faces of betrayal

Last month’s “endless snowstorm” gave me ample time to catch up on my reading and watch some TV. When I scrolled down the On Demand TV menu, the series titled,” Betrayal” struck my fancy. During the fierce weather (or anytime, actually,) I found...
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