Parsonage Parables

Living Backwards

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For some reason, I’ve been putting my clothes on backwards. I showed up for a meeting with my boss and she said, “Hey, I think your sweater is on backwards.”  I spent half a day feeling like something wasn’t right and found out my t-shirt was on backwards.  Went to the gym this morning and […]

Jan to June 2018

Autism – Moments of Relief

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On a recent vacation, we went to an evening of Caribbean music. They played fun, recognizable songs and the musicians engaged with the audience. A couple walked in with their teenage daughter. At first, I thought she was blind, as she had a tight grip on her dad’s forearm, but realized soon she likely had […]

July to Dec 2017

Getting Direction

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From the time we are born and, I’m beginning to learn, for many years after we get direction in our life. As a baby, we get carried around and put places where a big person decides we need to be. As we grow, we have big people telling us what to do, where to go, […]

Jan to June 2017

We’re Independent

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Independence starts young. We want to go our own way. We run into the street or through a grocery store to see if our parents will chase us. Most seek to become independent of their parents, saying they can’t wait to get out on their own. We buy our own house, our own car, our […]

Jan to June 2016

Touch Points

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When I was a child, my brother and I stayed with our grandparents on a farm in North Dakota.  There was a small, public swimming pool in the closest town and we would go for a dip when visiting in the summer. On this particular trip, my parents had been away a couple days and […]

April May June 2015

Drives Me Crazy

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There is something that drives me crazy about my father.  He doesn’t finish sentences when he is speaking – especially when he has a lot on his mind or is in a hurry.  He will say most of a sentence, maybe mumble the last word or two, then move to the next sentence.  Drives me […]

July Aug Sept 2014

Original, Created, and Acquired Families

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If I say family – what’s the first thing you think of?  Maybe it’s a word or maybe you picture specific people.  Who are the people that define your family?  Here’s my random thoughts about families.  I’ve categorized them into Original, Created, and Acquired Families. Original Families are the ones you don’t have any choice […]