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What I Learned from Dumbo

I was five when I first saw and fell in love with a baby elephant with humongous ears (who later found out he could fly).  “Dumbo” was one of my favorite Disney movies, and it is relevant today – Dumbo was made fun of and bullied, yet became a hero because his large...

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Back to School

I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter...

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Battery Recharge

  Practically every job description written contains the phrase, “other duties as assigned.”   Jobs on a farm are no different.  Last week I took our van to the shop for some needed maintenance.  I got in, turned on the ignition, and nothing … deader than a door...

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It’s A Dog’s Life

Isn’t it funny how we envision our life when we are young?  I envisioned suburbia, sleek foreign convertible, jet-setting to vacation spots.  In reality I live on a farm, lots of land, sprinkled with cows, geese, and two Great Pyrenees puppies (mini-horses) – Scooter...

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Your Real Worth

I was self-conscious when I was little – crooked teeth, “pleasingly plump” (as my mother would say), and had a fat nose (I tried putting a close-pin on my nose while I slept once … then yanked it off in seconds).  Just felt I was never pretty enough, smart enough,...

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Mercy and Grace

  I’ve been on this earth longer than dirt (well, it seems that way), but I’ve come to realize I have a lot more to learn, so I plan on being around awhile.  One of my biggest lessons over the last several years regarded my faith.  As a young Christian, I thought...

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What the Future Holds

I reached a milestone this week – four years cancer free!  I’m filled with incredible gratitude for the blessing of health, but I don’t want to forget that time four years ago when I found out I had breast cancer. I have always kept my yearly physical appointments on...

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Make A Joyful Noise

I love to sing (I think I’ve told you that before).  I was raised singing in the church choir since I was a wee cherub at the age of three.  I was the chubby cheeked brunette on the front row who wanted to make every performance a Broadway production instead of a...

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These Shoes Were Made for Walking

  I’ve inherited a lot of good traits from my parents.  However, one that tries my patience  I inherited from my father – flat feet.  Now I love shoes – good looking shoes – but putting my flat foot into a stylish heel is like me trying to cram a whale into a...

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The Persecuted Church

I’m like a child when it rains … I don’t know what to do with myself.  I was channel surfing during recently when I ran across a movie I hadn’t seen – “Paul: Apostle of Christ.”  (For total disclosure, I actually picked this movie because Jim Caviezel held a...

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If We Build It

The voice was calling to him from the cornfields of Iowa … “if you build it, he will come.”  That line worked well for Kevin Costner on the big screen in Field of Dreams.  However, there aren’t any cornfields in Pittsburg.  Let me explain. We’ve had three major...

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Celebrating Freedom

This week America celebrates the 4th of July holiday.  Most will be off work enjoying this day.  Our family will be sleeping late, then preparing to grill hot dogs, eat ice cream, and watch fireworks … and if I can wave a flag while a parade marches by, all the...

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Facing Adversity

The world lost a great man last week in his battle with cancer.  I never met Charles Krauthammer, but through his literary work and commentary over the last few decades I felt like I came to know the kind of man he was.  What intrigued me the most was that he achieved...

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Tiny Packages

In the time it takes for you to read this post, there is a woman anxiously awaiting confirmation of what she’s suspected for months.  She announces the news to her spouse, whose eyes open wide with amazement, followed closely with laughter and tears, followed by...

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