Understanding the Times
My Bad

My Bad

Truly it was my bad — I had not done this in decades! I kept reading a novel until 3:44 AM today: Small Great Things. What part of this was a good idea?   Sometimes a good story gets a hold of me and promises to be a safe companion in uncertain times. Whether  the...

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Finishing Ecclesiastes

Finishing Ecclesiastes

Finishing Ecclesiastes Finishing Ecclesiastes our Bible study slogged through the twelve chapters of  often depressing and conflicting commentary on everything under the sun.  One takeaway has been:  Enjoy what you have today because the older we get the darker the...

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A Wince-Worthy Moment or Two

A Wince-Worthy Moment or Two

This Week's  Wince-worthy Moment or Two   I wince slightly as I write this. Ecclesiastes 10 - last week’s study —has been an odd comfort for the disquieting time the end of May was.  On May 31, 2024  a jury unanimously found a former President of our country — and...

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Remember: Memorial Day 2024

Remember: Memorial Day 2024

Remember? In a burst of . . . housekeeping . . . I reached under the bed hoping to find one storage bin; I found another. In this one, the items were carefully wrapped and fitted neatly. Did I do that? I don’t remember.  Sigh. I didn’t remember, but I didn’t unwrap...

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SURVIVORS

SURVIVORS

Here are some survivors!  Remember when I worried the monsoons may have drowned the geraniums that stayed alive in our garage over the winter?  They are blooming  — a modest reminder of a promise Isaiah declared to Israel.  “When you pass through the waters, they will...

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April Showers

April Showers

April Showers -- More like MONSOONS! The April showers this week have been gully-washers!  The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so...

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Holy Week 2024 Begins

As Holy Week 2024 begins, news of the times continue to depress; news of friends’ troubles, sadden — and my faith . . . well it wobbles. I was glad for today’s meditation that directed me to Isaiah 50:10: Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the voice of his...

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Leap Year and Its Lessons

Leap Year and Its Lessons

Leap Year 2020 As March begins in a Leap Year, one of my doodles reminded me I had NO idea what March 2020’s Leap Year would bring.  On March the ninth, a Monday,  I noted in my 2020 journal:  Tensions about the virus; it affects older people —US.  Seriously —on ...

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