Walking through pain

A little over five weeks ago, I hurt my heel. The pain seemed much worse first thing in the morning and after sitting down for long periods of time. I was afraid I might have broken something, but it’s actually a common condition called Plantar Fasciitis (PF). It’s not serious, but it is seriously annoying… and […]

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Crushed

It’s been a few months since I’ve written posted anything. (I actually have at least half a dozen unpublished drafts in various stages of incompletion, but every time I get “stuck” or distracted and never quite finish.) So tonight, I’m determined to finish something and hit that elusive “Publish” button. It won’t be pretty, but […]

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It doesn’t feel like Easter

I’m in a bit of a “funk” this year. Here I am, late Saturday night on the day before Easter, and it doesn’t *feel* like Easter to me. It isn’t the weather: the flowers are blooming and we’ve had some gorgeous spring days. It isn’t that the holiday snuck up on me: we’ve had plenty of […]

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Gangrene

I’ve been debating whether or not to post this… it seems rather un-grace-ful. But I believe it is truth-ful. So here goes: Imagine that someone you care about has been diagnosed with gangrene. It’s in their foot. Several toes have already turned black and the infection is spreading. Radical surgical intervention will be needed. The […]

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve been doing a lot of Spring Cleaning lately. It started last weekend with an opportunity to get some new-to-me furniture. It was definitely time for a new couch: the one I had was on its last leg: the frame was broken, the fabric was worn through and ripping… it was well past time for […]

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What if Jesus was more like us?

As Christians, we talk a lot about wanting to be more like Jesus… and we should. The Bible talks about being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29), walking as He walked (1 John 2:6), being transformed into His image (2 Cor 3:18)… the list goes on. But what if Jesus had acted more […]

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Sweet Education

This year, some of the youth sold candy as a fundraiser for an upcoming missions trip. There’s a lot of work involved, but it is fun… and educational! Here’s what I learned from chocolate molding: 1. When you lose your temper, cool off a bit and try again. (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/08/tempering-choco/) 2. You can re-melt chocolate that […]

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Seeing Things

I’ve never really enjoyed being in the audience at a large event. The crush of people all trying to be in the same place at once is pretty much the opposite of what I consider “a good time.” Parades fall squarely into this category for me. Although I’ve assisted behind the scenes in creating floats […]

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New Year, New Goals

Hard to believe that it’s 2014 already! I wasn’t going to do any New Year’s Resolutions this year, but over the last few days I saw some folks posting about some year-long projects that they were getting ready to start… so I decided to jump in and set three very reachable goals for myself. Here’s […]

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When Normal… Isn’t.

One of the “milestones” I hit this year wasn’t a good one: My first hospital stay & surgery. The “gallbladder attack” that sent me to the emergency room was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Thankfully, gallbladder removal is a very common procedure, and there were no complications. I was sore & bloated for a […]

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