Sacred Ground

Posted on August 24th, 2016
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Recently we’ve been blessed with afternoon and evening rains that we seldom see in the month of August, rains that nourish the ground and allow the world to return to those wonderful shades of green that clothe early spring. But often the rain brings a friend or two . . . high wind and lightning […]

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What About the Children?

Posted on August 18th, 2016
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They left on a simple business trip, a conference where they could learn from their peers and improve their performance in their chosen field. They should have returned home to their families, their friends, their patients and employees.  But they didn’t.  At least not as everyone believed they would.  Not as everyone so desperately wishes […]

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Only the Beginning

Posted on August 10th, 2016
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I don’t exactly remember the year; time has gotten away from me now that I’m a certified antique. But I believe it was just as Joseph was entering middle school since trying out for the basketball team became an issue after he attempted to cut off his arm.  We were at church one Sunday evening, […]

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The Depth of Grief

Posted on August 3rd, 2016
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Ok. Before I get mired up to my eyeballs in what will probably be a mess, I want to make a few things perfectly, abundantly clear. 1.   In this particular instance, I do not care about this woman’s political leanings. That is not the point of this blog. 2.  In this particular instance, I do […]

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Peace in the Storm

Posted on July 28th, 2016
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On June 17, 2016 (at 11 minutes after midnight, to be exact), we posted this picture on our Facebook page. The grave belongs to Florence Irene Ford who died at the age of 10 in 1871.  Florence had been terrified of storms during her brief life, so at her death her mother had a special […]

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His Story

Posted on July 20th, 2016
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He walked into the office, sure in his mission but uncertain as to how he should proceed. When we sat down he began to share his story . . . how his wife had struggled for years with health problems . . . how she had beaten cancer once but having had it meant no […]

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A Time and a Place

Posted on July 14th, 2016
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I was leaving the building late Tuesday when a car swerved into the drive from which I was attempting to exit, flew into the upper tier of the parking lot and then stopped directly in front of the fountain that’s directly in front of the building. After a few seconds, the vehicle slowly moved away, […]

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The Best Laid Plans

Posted on July 7th, 2016
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The Shackelfords on my side of the world are rarely ever on time . . . so rarely, in fact, that I’ve told folks it’s a little known sign of the second coming when it happens. But this past Sunday morning looked like it would be the exception to the rule.  I actually left the […]

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Callie Cat

Posted on June 29th, 2016
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Almost one year ago to the day, this little creature appeared at our back door. It was 2:45 in the morning (although as far as I’m concerned, that’s still night) and I was peacefully snoozing when my dreams were interrupted by incessant cat crying.  Now we have several cats but this didn’t sound like any […]

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Memories, Not Dreams

Posted on June 22nd, 2016
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They had just gotten her turned and settled. He lay down on the small bed next to hers, planning to spend another night watching . . . waiting . . .  but before he could drift off to sleep she called to him, asking to be turned again.  “Why?” he questioned.  “We just turned you […]

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