staying the path

February 22nd, we had a light snowfall.  It was over and beginning to melt by mid-morning. Normally I avoid the area, blaming it for the worst case of poison oak EVER.  But on this day I walked up behind the shop, clicked a few pictures and moved on about my business.  It wasn't until looking …

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how faith and politics can come together

Judas betrayed Jesus. Jesus was crucified. Judas hung himself. And the 12 apostles became 11. How confused and overwhelmed they must have been.  For three years Judas had eaten with them, slept with them, traveled with them, watched Jesus walk on water with them. How could he do this thing? As they waited and wondered …

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Walter

When I make myself sit still long enough, I love to watch the wind in the tree tops.  It's peaceful and calming. There are people in life like that, like wind in tree tops. Walter was one. Thinking about him now, I'm a little embarrassed that I didn't know more facts of his life, like …

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loving grown-up sons

Awhile back I wrote of the ease and sweet memories of loving little sons.  Loving grown-up sons is more complicated.  Maybe not so much the loving as the letting go. Their adult lives have been shaped by experiences I have not lived and do not understand.  They have wives and children, careers, friends and activities …

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…on being “Support Staff”

Years ago when I lived somewhere else and was gainfully employed at our local university, I was at a "Support Staff" meeting where employee labels were being discussed. There were "Faculty", who were pretty much the stars of the show.  (oh yes, just ask them!) There were "Administrators" with power to hire, fire and make big decisions.  They went …

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What you left me…

She was born 138 years ago. Married at 19. Died at 95. In between the beginning and ending she raised five children, kept home with none of the conveniences we take for granted, was an accomplished pianist and did fine needlework.  She survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake while pregnant with her oldest daughter. She worked hard, …

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Two Choices

I've been playing with the camera on my phone this week. One daughter-in-law posts clever collages on Facebook and another posts nifty black and whites.  I've admired their pictures and wondered how they do it.  All I can say is it's amazing what you find out when you slow down, take a little time and …

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