Just as I am

Today on my way to work I saw three people with impossibly red hair. People put on makeup, paint their nails, cover themselves with tattoos, and pierce their ears, noses, and tongues. I keep trying to curl my straight hair; others struggle to do the opposite. And who doesn’t at…

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Morning mystery

I love summer! I love morning, early morning, before daylight makes its appearance! Coffee in hand, I make my way to the patio. It’s blessedly quiet. There in the darkness I become a silent observer of the waning moments of the nocturnal world. A small opossum makes its way along…

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Why?

I’m a closet archeologist. When National Geographic has an article on early humans, when PBS is digging up pottery shards and bones, I’m right in the front row. I think it is amazing what we can learn from the bones of a thousand-year-old child … Oh. A child. That means…

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It’s okay to be cracked

I read this somewhere: there was once a man who went to the river every morning to fill two water jars. One leaked, and was always half empty by the time he reached home. One day the cracked jar apologized, suggesting that the man discard it and get a better…

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Connectivity

For some strange reason the Internet gods decided to mess with us today. For no apparent reason the tech spirits that have faithfully sprung to life and launched us day after day into cyberspace moved to another orbit and left us woefully unconnected. This, is never good! This, precipitates long…

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Callings

All during my life, God has been calling me, calling me to be more. It sounds like, “Oh, and would you mind doing this for me, too?” He never asks anything without providing the time, the ability, and the grace. He never gives me tasks meant for someone else. And…

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Divine presence in the mega city

Having grown up in Cincinnati I pride myself on being able to drive in the “Big City!” Well, today I found myself navigating the streets of Chicago. Welcome to driving in the “Mega City!” I now understand why lane lines are optional on some streets in Chicago, this allows for…

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Let God’s love shine through

Sitting in a small chapel in downtown Chicago I found myself drawn to the wall of stained glass windows. It reminded me of a story I heard about a child, who standing before a beautiful stained glass window of a saint, was asked, “Who is a saint?” Without hesitation he…

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Puzzled

Today I did the six-star Sudoku in the morning paper. It took me awhile. I had to write possible numbers in the corners of the little squares and puzzle over the spots that could be right for two (or five) different numbers. I was rather stuck-up about finally getting 81…

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Gentle giants

Today, as I drove along I-65 in northwestern Indiana I came upon gentle giants. Everywhere I looked, as far as the eye could see, there they were. They stood tall, rising out of the earth surrounded by what will soon become Autumn’s harvest. Their outstretched arms reaching to the heavens,…

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