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Jan Carlberg

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Small Change and Changes Matter

“A penny for your thoughts.” If you remember sayings like that one, you’re getting up there in years. Like me. A penny used to buy something. But my thoughts weren’t for sale, as far as I knew. However, today clever advertisers seem to take…

July 13, 2024
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Wasn’t Nothin’ Much

But it was something. And I told her so. The woman, weighed down by stuff and years, looked for a bench outside Marshalls. She needed a place to rest while waiting for the bus to show up. Meanwhile, I stayed inside my cool car,…

July 9, 2024
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Wring or Fold?

What to do with our hands in times like these? Wring or fold them in prayer? I choose to pray, not because I’m so saintly, but because I’m scared. And I can either cower in a corner or come to Jesus, and have a…

July 2, 2024
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Table Talk in Troubling Times

Well, that was a “mell of a hess”, as my Daddy used to say, now and then. And last night’s debate qualified, from my perspective. So I can imagine that where two or more gather, folks are talking about a “mell of a hess.”…

June 28, 2024
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To Life: Hot, Humid and Holy!

Well, it’s another hot, humid and holy day. Like many of you, we’re in the middle of a heat wave where I live. It’s been pushing one hundred, even in places like Caribou, Maine. Now, don’t tell me there’s no such thing as Global…

June 21, 2024
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Not Another Tie!

Dad’s Day is Sunday. And I’m pretty sure none of the men I know, whether uncles, brothers, dads, nephews, cousins, friends, grandfathers or sons, are hoping they’ll get another tie. For one thing, they wear them less than they used to. And for another…

June 13, 2024
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That’s me. At age eighty-four I’m grateful to be alive. Repurposed. The word showed up with a bouquet from my neighbor, Beth. Her birthday’s May 30th and mine June 2nd. Since they were going away for a few days, Beth, not wanting to waste…

June 7, 2024
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On this day, May 31, 1963, Jud and I said, “I do.” in the chapel of the First Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. But not just to each other. We vowed before God, family and friends. No crossed fingers. We meant it. Vows…

May 31, 2024
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Good Company

Today’s one of those days. Hot, humid and heaven-sent after a rainy winter and spring. And then there’s my Grand Lily. Picked her up at the airport yesterday, fresh from Dublin. As I write, I hear her singing upstairs. She’s easy to have around.…

May 24, 2024
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Life is for the Birds

For sure, I’m not a birder. Those people are serious about their fine feathered friends. But when I stop and sit for a spell on my deck, it’s often the birds that grab my attention. However, mostly I catch seagulls dive-bombing and screeching, “Mine!…

May 16, 2024
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