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  • No Comparison: Lessons from Conference

    “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. 5 Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life“ (Gal 6:4-5 (from THE MESSAGE)) Fearless …[ read more ]

  • Life Is a Farmers’ Market

    Jeremy and his watermelons I roamed our local farmers’ market and discovered my friend April had wonderful blueberries. I bought a quart, ate them all week and came back for more. Then one day, April had no blueberries and only one stand carried any. They were a little overripe, a tad mushy. Obviously, the last of the …[ read more ]

  • Let ‘Er Rip: Don’t Fear Looking Foolish

    Like the soft winds that hint of a distant storm, the happy notes of an indistinct song wafted over me. I swung on my porch swing and smiled. Someone’s happy. Then the strains intensified, and I knew. The Singer approached. Without seeing her, I pictured the young woman: MP3 player to her ear, playing music …[ read more ]

  • Who’s to Blame? You’ve Got to be Kidding!

    The Bloviator Queen  “I therefore…urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit” (Eph. 4:1-2, English Version).         “Xavier” knows all one can know …[ read more ]

  • The Real Swamp Monkeys of Nassau County

         The Florida of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings still exists. In the little hamlets of northeastern Florida only a few miles from the famed Okefenokee lay dirt roads leading to dirt roads wending their way through tupelo plantations, long pine and palmetto.     It’s here my niece and her family make their home. And here these “swamp monkeys” (so dubbed from my …[ read more ]