Elfing Around

One of my fondest memories of Christmas is secret gift missions with my father, adventures that we referred to as “elfing around.” I remember the year my dad decided to have a local craftsman make a grandfather clock for Mama. Once the clock was finished, the challenge became how to get it home and keep […]

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Renovation and Restoration

Over the last five months, our house has been a construction zone. We lived through the demo and reconstruction or several major areas and experienced unforeseen circumstances, delays, miscommunications, reassessments, errors, and do-overs.  But we’ve also seen the work of skilled craftsmen who care about quality and pleasing the customer. Now, we are enjoying the […]

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Perfect!

  Have you noticed “perfect” is the new overused cultural word? You place a food order and no matter what you select the server’s response is “perfect!” You speak to a customer service rep, and regardless of the issue, the answer is “perfect!” Actually, if everything were perfect, you wouldn’t be calling customer service in […]

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Remembering Thanksgiving – The Forgotten Holiday

Sandwiched somewhere between Halloween and Christmas is a Thursday holiday that is rapidly losing prominence in the minds of millions of Americans – Thanksgiving. If you search hard, you might find a slim 50% off section of Thanksgiving cards, autumn decorations, and a turkey platter sandwiched amid multiple aisles of Christmas decorations. For many, Thanksgiving […]

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Holding on to Hope

In the days following the presidential election, social media blew up with angry rants. People engaged in verbal fisticuffs, demonstrated, and threatened to move to Canada. But amid all the outrage and verbiage, the missing element seemed to be hope; hope for the future and trust in the God who is able to use anyone […]

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Beyond Damaging Words

This has been one of the most contentious and difficult election cycles in our country. For months we’ve been bombarded with harsh, critical, angry, hurtful words via a variety of communication methods and from a plethora or voices. Now, with votes counted, many are stunned, discouraged and frustrated with the election outcome, while others are […]

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Life in the Rearview Mirror

Recently, as I walked across a parking lot, I saw a man I know sitting in a car with the windows down. I waved, but he didn’t respond. Then I realized he was looking in his car’s rearview mirror, watching people behind him on the far side of the parking lot. I spoke to him […]

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