Dec 2013

Doesn’t Match

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Heard someone on radio say that is like trying to put a Band-Aid over a bullet hole.  While that may be a graphic image, it reminded me of a couple times where the help may not have fit perfectly. Dad was always looking for projects and heard about making a table with the base made […]

Dec 2013

Best Christmas Tree Ever

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My first teaching job was in a sixth grade class that had, well, let’s say an interesting collection of personalities.  Great kids, full of life and energy, sometimes in excess.  When Christmas season came about, they kept asking when I was going to get a tree up in the classroom. Being my first year of […]

Dec 2013

Ambivalent

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In my travels I have seen a lot of churches.  I realized that I’m ambivalent to church buildings.  Now I’m not ambivalent to what churches DO, but I’m ambivalent to the building. I’ve heard people say that they LOVE their church building.  Now I get loving what the church does – care for us in […]

Nov 2013

Spoiler Alert

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Many of you know my dad is a retired United Methodist pastor.  For us, Santa came after the Christmas Eve service.  We’d squirm through the program and then have to wait until he shook everyone’s hand, gave everyone their holiday greetings, clean up after the service, and then after two eternities, he’d come home and […]

Nov 2013

Bathtub

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In Aberdeen SD we had a huge parsonage.  There were five bedrooms on the second level, but of course one bathroom.  Kurt, the youngest of the clan, was taking a bath and was in the bathroom a long time.  I began to knock on the door and there was no answer.  At first I thought […]

Nov 2013

Here’s Why

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Again I had someone ask why I would work in Haiti when there are hungry people in the U.S.? Well, here’s why. First, we live in a country that has the ability but not the will to solve our own hunger issues.  Where $96 BILLION is allowed to go to Wall Street exec bonuses and […]

Nov 2013

Artificial Pressure

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As you may know, I’m a baseball fan. I went for a walk before a game of the World Series and was thinking about the pressure the pitcher and other players must be feeling and it hit me – it’s all artificial pressure. Win or lose, MVP play or terrible play, they were going to […]