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Thoughts and Prayers

This has been a year of change, some hardship, lots of medical needs, and plenty of stress.  It started with surgeries (husband has had six surgeries in a year), my on-the-job training of nursing, then transitioning away from my home since 1951, topped off with a big...

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Power of One

Can one person make a difference?  Absolutely!  I’m a firm believer in the power of one to affect change in a person’s life … to start a movement … or support the passage of legislation for the betterment of all.  In this day and age we hear a lot about someone...

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I’m No Hero

That’s what Stephen Williford said repeatedly after he and another member of the Sutherland Springs, Texas community intervened to stop an attacker after brutally killing 26 members of the First Baptist Church.  But Stephen, visibly shaken as he spoke to police after...

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Humble Pie

I’ve been reading about humility this week, which is a virtue I need and a whole lot of people in this world could use more of.  Whenever I start to think everyone should take “my way or the highway,” a nice slice of humble pie quickly cures that stinkin’ thinkin’...

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What’s In A Name?

I never paid much attention to the importance of names until recently.  Having lived my entire life in a big city, I assumed anyone that knew me by name, Debby Efurd, knew me.  After all, I had raised a family, had a long career, attended church there my entire life,...

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Scandalous

When I first heard about the latest Hollywood sex scandals my initial thought was, “what are they up to now?”  I never took seriously the jokes about the “casting couch,” until now as the tip of the iceberg is being revealed as more and more women (and now...

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Conspiracy or No Conspiracy – That Is the Question

This week thousands of archived records chronicling John F. Kennedy’s assassination were released.  More are promised.  To the conspiracy theorists out there, this is a long-awaited smorgasbord of treasures.  It will take weeks for historians to pore through the...

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Pesky Little Critters

Awakening after a good night’s sleep … no alarm clock for me.  Sipping a fresh cup of good coffee to meet a gorgeous 70 degree day.  Just a gentle wind.  Birds chirp, butterflies float all around.  Flowers are abundant and have no fear of my killing them.  The cows...

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Making a Difference

I had the best of plans to write a post to inspire everyone to get off the couch, out of the pews and make a difference to someone in this world.  After all, it seems the entire world needs some help – there’s too much anger and hopelessness.  But before I sat down I...

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Head ‘Em Up – Move ‘Em On!

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be living the theme song from “Rawhide” when I moved to the country.  This week I got a frantic call from hubby needing help.  The cows burst open part of the fence and one of the calves got into the yard.  He needed my help...

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A Thief In The Night

Wildfires continue to consume the northern California countryside.  As of this writing, the death toll has now risen to 35 after fires have ravaged over 200,000 acres and decimating more than 6,000  homes and businesses in its path.  Many escaped certain death with...

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Unhinged

“Mental pain is … more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’”  C.S. Lewis   Being in the country in no way limits me from...

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I’ve Got A Secret

When I was little, my family were one of the few in our neighborhood that had a television.  That round black and white “television tube” provided hours of entertainment to our family.  Unlike today, most households had one TV (unless you were very wealthy, then you...

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Grateful

Deuteronomy 31:6           “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” The glowing rays of the sun burst over the pasture early Friday morning heralding a new...

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