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Notes from Jan

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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When Once Is Not Enough

Apparently, according to my children and Grands, I have one of the “gifts” of aging. I repeat myself. And, even as I write, I know I shared this with you before. But God seems to agree that once is not enough. Since God, also,…

May 7, 2024
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God’s Four Letter Words

God uses some four letter words. Really. Words like: Come, Seek, Heal and Walk. What started me thinking about this was a recent invitation to teach adult Sunday School at Essex Congregational Church. I needed a title and something to lure folks to wake…

April 30, 2024
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Feeling A Little Like Scrooge

Remember when old Ebenezer awoke from those troubling dreams and found out he hadn’t missed Christmas after all? Well, that’s a little like how I felt after I returned from my recent travels. I thought I missed spring. But I didn’t. While we’re not…

April 23, 2024
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It’s About Time

Fill in the blank. It’s about time to…. Or it’s about time you… Maybe it’s about time they… Or I don’t have time for… But, in the end, it’s about how we choose to use or waste the time of our lives. As much…

April 15, 2024
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Something Worth Remembering While We Wait

Before flying to California, I flipped the calendar to April. I like doing that, just not as often. Minutes and days used to fly by. Now, it’s months and years. But back to the calendar in my kitchen. April showed a bouquet of springtime…

April 5, 2024
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