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Notes from Jan

Let There Be Light

That was another one of God’s great ideas: Light! The sun to shine during the day and the moon at night with stars sprinkled about to help us connect the dots back to the One who thought it all up. If we choose to…

July 18, 2023
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Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough

Spending time with my Grands boosts my sense of worth. Take the other day, for example. Poco and I were driving to Kohl’s to hunt a swimsuit ” that didn’t make weird tan lines.” As we drove from Ipswich to the Liberty Tree Mall,…

July 10, 2023
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Thoughts on Railings

The older I get, the more I appreciate railings. And not just the wooden or metal kind. I’m referring to rituals that help steady me in shaky times. So, why this topic? Well, it came from a line in a novel our book group…

July 3, 2023
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Where Are You?

Fear’s catchy. It lurks, then slips in when we’re tired or feeling out of sorts in body, mind or spirit. And that’s part of why I need reminders to fight fear with faith. Sunday’s sermon by Father Dean fed faith. The text came from…

June 26, 2023
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Them versus Us

Back to the subject of Church. Last Sunday’s sermon’s still preaching. Father Patrick taught from Matthew 9:35-10:8. It’s quite the story. Oh, not dramatic like lepers healed or Lazarus raised from the dead. Nevertheless, tucked within is the stuff of everyday miracles. People, poles…

June 23, 2023
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THIS is the Church

One look at my crooked fingers left me wondering if I could still do it. Do what? Make a church with my hands. So I contorted my hands and fingers, then recited words from my childhood. “THIS is the church. THIS is the steeple.…

June 16, 2023
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Odds and Ends

Another catalog showed up in my mailbox. Odd, since I don’t do much shopping on-line and I have never heard of RAILS. One quick glance and I knew it wasn’t for me. The models needed some “meat on their bones” as those from my…

June 9, 2023
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A Birthday Biscuit and So Much More

Never had a birthday biscuit before today and my birthday’s not until tomorrow. But that only added to the surprise when our Breakfast Club gathered around Martha and Dick Stout’s table this morning to feast on food and friendship. We talked of books, church,…

June 1, 2023
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One of Those Days

It was one of those days. I got up earlier than usual to wash my hair. While it’s thinner than when I was younger, it still takes time. I’m not one to just put on a baseball cap and hope for the best. Nor,…

May 25, 2023
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The title for this blog showed up in today’s Grace Notes by Philip Yancey. He wrote, “Rather than rushing from one task to the next, pause for a moment and recognize the time between times.” Time to consider the possibilities within a pause. For…

May 18, 2023