The Kenmore Lone Ranger

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Holiday cooking falls on me. Unfortunately, kitchen tools are a bit out of my brothers’ league. If the utensil selection doesn’t involve a chainsaw or a power tool they wouldn’t know what to do with it.  Sometimes I dread being the Kenmore Lone Ranger. Four burners, two ovens, plus a microwave—that’s a lot of territory […]

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When the Flame Ignites

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A guest speaker at our church quoted a familiar verse in his sermon on Sunday: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up. I’ve heard messages on Isaiah 6:1 before but this time, I captured new perspective. Like a flame that ignites from a match head, a new […]

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The Heat of Friction

In my last entry, I confessed that I’m a word nerd. Unfortunately, this condition involves more than just an obsession with dictionaries. It also entails a fixation on encyclopedias. Maybe it’s because I had an incredible fifth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Sease. She made sentence diagramming fun. I didn’t fair so well in science though, but […]

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True Confessions

Ok…I’m a word nerd. It’s true. I actually requested a dictionary for my birthday. Gaye’s husband saw the package and asked, “What’s this for?” “For Christy’s birthday.” “A dictionary?” he said scrunching his forehead. “Why didn’t you get her jewelry or some normal girly stuff?” But for this writer, a dictionary is the best accessory! […]

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The Cancer of Comparison

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For years I’ve wondered how I measured up. Looks, possessions, talent and purpose. The list goes on. But comparison is an ugly disease. It’s highly contagious and the age of onset is very young. I know. It infected me a long time ago…it must have been Mattel’s fault. Barbie dolls, Easy Bake ovens, pot holder […]

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Do You Not Perceive It?

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:18-19.  Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I admit. Sometimes when God is up to doing something new in my life, I often have trouble perceiving it. Things […]

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Learning How to See

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“My mother-in-law is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease,” the woman sitting across from me began. “After years of caring for her in our home, we finally had to put her in a nursing home.”   She flipped through a health magazine left on the table in the waiting room. Her gaze never left […]

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The Writing Tree

“How’s your book coming along?” my brother Bruce asked. “Umm…good. I’m close to being finished.” Define close. “It gets embarrassing. Telling people that I’m still writing my book. Ahem…ten years later. I’m like an archer though. I don’t want to just hit the target—I want to hit the bulls eye. I could be published by […]

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Here’s to You, Pastor Mark

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When people come to my house they usually ooh and ahh about my décor. The truth is that most of it came either from a garage sale, an estate sale or a curbside boutique. It’s a personal hobby/addiction. On occasion, I see an irresistible treasure for someone I know. Such was the case for my […]

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