Peace Garden Mama II

A garden blend of family, faith and following the muse

Archive for April, 2010


   Apr 29

faith fridays: grappling with my relationship with the church

http://www.parentingteengirls.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/argueing.jpg “How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you! You have made me suffer more than anyone and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I should like to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You have given me much scandal and yet [...]

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   Apr 28

writing wednesdays: writing wellness

I didn’t attend the North Dakota Professional Communicators spring conference with the thought I would be learning how to stay fit as a writer, but that was one of the take-aways. Read more today at my new writing blog, Peace Garden Writer. "Talk" to you there!

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   Apr 27

forum column april 2010: peeking at the what-might-have-beens

[Note: I hope you enjoy my April contribution to "Parenting Perspectives," a weekly column of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota's largest newspaper. As a monthly contributor, I'm usually satisfied with the headlines The Forum selects, but this time, their version didn't seem to encapsulate what my column is about so I added the alternative title to [...]

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   Apr 25

mama mondays: indulgences and awards

I had a chance to experience my second conference of the month this weekend. While it’s not typical for me as a busy mom to indulge in two conferences so close together, these two opportunities were too good to pass up. So, Daddy had soccer duty (four games in all) on Saturday while I headed [...]

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   Apr 22

faith fridays: 7 quick takes friday (vol. 25)

Welcome back to “7 Quick Takes Friday,” an occasional feature that offers a glimpse of where my thoughts have been lately. It’s been a while since I’ve joined the quick takes "carnival" so glad to be contributing once again! —1—   Kid quotes: Nick, 5, standing by the door to the garage, talking in a loud, [...]

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   Apr 20

writing wednesdays: we all started here

I’m over at my new writing blog, Peace Garden Writer, today. I hope you’ll swing over and see what the youngest writer in the family is up to in my second post, "We All Started Here."  

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   Apr 18

mama mondays: five!

Our Baby Then: And Now:   “Mama, did you see me waving to your feet?!”— Nick, 5, to me in the pool this weekend after emerging from the water sporting his new goggles. And then, after I joined him underwater with my goggles so we could “talk,” upon popping to the surface: “Mommy, you look [...]

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   Apr 15

faith fridays: good dirt

Shortly after I returned home from a writer’s conference on Sunday, my youngest son, age 4-3/4, came in from outside with a little gift. It was a daffodil, only it hadn’t yet opened so it was all folded onto itself. I felt a little melancholy receiving it, knowing he’d be turning five by week’s end [...]

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   Apr 14

don’t forget the chocolates!

When packing for a conference, there’s an unwritten rule about one item that must be included: Chocolates. Don’t dare forget the chocolates! There’s just something about getting out of town for a weekend that brings out the playfulness in a mother, and chocolates seem to be the writer-mother’s "drug" of choice. This time last week, [...]

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   Apr 14

writing wednesdays: debut of peace garden writer

Well, it’s a big day for me. I’m launching my new writing blog, Peace Garden Writer, over at Blogger. From here on out, most of my Writing Wednesdays posts will be over at this exclusively writing-oriented blog. This new blog is  part of a grander vision that I’m revealing little by little, and I hope that [...]

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