Miracles of Modern Medicine

A visit to a medical museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last week reminded me how grateful I am to live in this time period. A hundred years ago, a lung problem might have been treated–if at all–by putting the patient in an iron lung–a huge contraption that left one […]


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Growing Like Pigweeds

A farmer friend talked about his five grandchildren. “They’re growing like pigweeds,” he said, laughing. He explained that a single plant seems harmless enough but if you look closely at it, the pigweed plant contains hundreds of seeds and, before you know it, the one weed has multiplied and taken […]


Memories of Daddy

With Father’s Day less than two weeks away, my thoughts drift back to one of my favorite childhood memories of my daddy. I had fallen and cut my knee open on a gravel driveway. Today, the injury would probably warrant stitches but our family had no insurance and little money […]

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Traditions, Traditions!

At the beginning of the movie Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye proclaims, “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as a fiddler on the roof!” We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, and I thought about a tradition we had when I was growing up. The tradition was to […]


Shells Hide Amazing Secrets

Collecting shells at the beach is almost mandatory, especially if you live inland and don’t get to visit the ocean very often. We have jars of shells collected from beaches in Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. We even have a book to help identify them–not that […]


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What You See Isn’t Always What Is

The man had struck a pedestrian with his car. Or so we thought. We passed a car stopped at a corner the other day and realized the driver was a man we knew. He stood, looking bewildered, with his door open. Another car was stopped nearby. Our friend is older […]


What Makes a Rainbow?

Who doesn’t love to see a rainbow in the sky? Rainbows are caused, according to Wikipedia, ” by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly […]

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Stage of my dreams

What’s Your Nightmare?

Do you ever wonder where your weird dreams come from? The other night, I dreamed I was supposed to act in a play. Now, my second major in college was drama and I’ve been in numerous productions. But in this dream, I had signed up to work backstage managing props. […]


I Don’t Know Love

Maybe I don’t know love at all. There’s an old song to that effect, and as I sat in Easter services this past weekend, I realized how true it is. Oh, I love my husband immensely, and I know he loves me. I love my children and my grandchildren so […]

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The Grave Is Not Sealed

Shocking news came this morning of the sudden, unexpected death of a sweet woman I had only begun to get to know. I’m saddened, especially for her daughter and other family members, but also for those of us who were blessed by her life and looked forward to spending more […]