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Artists, Bosch mixers, & homeschool mamas

An excerpt from Cindy Kunsman’s latest blog post:  Every new generation experiences life uniquely, rising to meet new challenges in new ways.  Though the basic responses are not generally unique, each generation strives to make their efforts uniquely their own….  How each generation or group of people solves their problems creates their history, yet because we are imperfect human beings,…

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Kudos for “Kisses from Katie”

Kisses from Katie is an amazing blog. Katie Davis moved from Tennessee to Uganda to work with orphans when she was barely out of high school.  She became foster mom and then the official adoptive mom of fourteen orphaned girls, but she lost one of them in a custody battle. Katie must be 21 or 22 now.  She’s still a…

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Trees on my mind

When we bought this house, one of my favorite finds was the eucalyptus tree in a corner of the yard.  It wasn’t the same kind I grew up with in California, but it was close enough, with a similar spicy scent.  Whenever a few small stems blew down in a storm, I used them in fresh bouquets or dried them. …

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Was that a tornado??

Last night, the wind made a racket in the tarp over the gaping hole in our chimney.  It kept me awake for a while and made me realize I’ve become hypersensitive to the sounds of a storm. Last Tuesday afternoon, three out of four of us were here.  Our younger son wasn’t home.  Jon was in the back yard, our…

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It’s blog love-fest time

Hillary McFarland of Quivering Daughters just let me know she included me on her list of links for The Versatile Blogger award.  Thanks, Hillary!  I’m honored to be on your list. For those of you who don’t know Hillary, she’s a gifted writer who has written with courage and compassion about spiritual abuse.  She has become one of my treasured…

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Dragon Naturally Speaking

The orthopedic surgeon is a nice guy but I hope our relationship will be a short one, limited to low-key, relatively painless weekly checkups.  I would rather not proceed to an encounter with his surgical skills. In other words, I hope tomorrow’s X-rays will show that the broken bone in my shoulder isn’t shifting but will heal properly without intervention….

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Happy-making links

I’m so, so thankful for my fantastic editor and the whole awesome team at WaterBrook.  I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to work with.  My novel is in good hands. But my brain is tired.  So are my eyes.  They’ve been reading and re-reading, editing and re-editing, the same 98,000 words, over and over and over (and…

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“Back on Murder”

I’ve always enjoyed reading mysteries with well-rounded characterizations and themes that go deeper than the simple “Whodunnit?” questions.  For instance, James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux stories are memorable not only for Burke’s  inimitable voice but also for the eternal questions that he raises in stories that are ostensibly just about murders on a Louisiana bayou. J. Mark Bertrand’s Back on…

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Memorial Day and a flimsy blanket

“Those poor boys in the trenches in Europe, trying to stay warm with these flimsy blankets!” My mother said that, years ago, about an Army-issue wool blanket that once belonged to her uncle, who fought in World War I.  For me, the blanket became a tangible symbol of some of the hardships that soldiers face. I’m not sure how Uncle…

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Homeschooling: sensible and not so sensible

I may be a “graduate” homeschool mom, with my kids grown and out of school, but I still read Karen Campbell’s “That Mom” blog of encouragement for homeschool mothers.  Her current post on minimalist influence is outstanding.  It gets to the roots of how homeschooling should work. As I told Karen in my comment, I wish I’d known her years…

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