Peace Garden Mama II

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   Dec 17

writing wednesdays: email or phone?

Which do you prefer? Emailing or talking on the phone? I don’t mean you have to always pick one or the other. Most of us need and do both. But if you had your druthers, which would it be? One tends to suit the introvert more. I’m sure you can guess. But there’s more to [...]

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   Dec 15

meaningful mondays: o holy night

“It is just about time to change things. It is just about time to say: Fine, it was night, but let the night pass, and let us decide now for day. Let us decide with a determination that comes directly out of these terrifying experiences, out of these lived connections, and that is therefore completely [...]

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   Dec 10

writing wednesdays: avoiding the holiday festivities traffic jam

It’s good to avoid it if you can. Holiday festivities overload. Here’s how to duck out of the ruckus.  

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   Dec 08

meaningful mondays: the gift of dance

  It might be hard for many to appreciate just how big this gift was for us. Our youngest son, dancing in this year’s Advent program — a program that has been launching our Advent season in a most beautiful way for the past 12 years or so. Some of those years, our children have [...]

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   Dec 04

faith & family fridays: the fruitful pause

“Life may be brimming over with experiences, but somewhere, deep inside, all of us carry a vast and fruitful loneliness wherever we go. And sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inward in prayer for five short minutes.” – Etty Hillesum, [...]

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   Dec 03

writing wednesdays: seeking space

Do you have those quiet little spots to which you need to retreat on a frequent basis? If so, you might be an introvert! Yes, I’m continuing my ruminations on introversion, and I think you will find what I share as intriguing as I have, thanks to two women who are helping me out today. [...]

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   Dec 01

meaningful mondays: randy nelson’s smile

The news came from my daughter by text this morning, 10:49 a.m. Two words, “Randy died,” and instantly my heart felt as if it had plummeted into my gut. We were just talking about him over Thanksgiving break. Middle girl was wearing a T-shirt she’d gotten through volunteering at a pulled-pork benefit dinner in late [...]

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   Nov 28

faith & family friday: thanksgiving boy + a cornucopia of blessings

On Nov. 27, 2002, the little cutie on the left welcomed the tiny cutie on the right into our family, and life hasn’t been quite the same since. Any guesses how I can love this guy so easily? On Thanksgiving, he turned 12. I knew we were in for a beautiful couple days of celebrating [...]

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   Nov 26

writing wednesdays: why did the turkey stand in the corner?

Because he relished his alone time, of course! Well, don’t you? This turkey’s got a lot more to say about carving out time to himself (no pun intended, honest!). Head on over to Peace Garden Writer for a gander, gobble gobble.

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   Nov 24

meaningful mondays: our extra-special 23rd anniversary with the timberwolves

This weekend, we celebrated our wedding anniversary…with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a special one – 23 years on the 23rd – so merited a special celebration. Our trip to Minneapolis definitely felt special. Through my husband’s work, we were offered the chance at courtside seats. I doubt this will ever happen again in our [...]

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