Peace Garden Mama II

A garden blend of family, faith and following the muse

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   Aug 22

faith & family fridays: why matter matters

Recently, I attended an event that brought some fresh Christian voices my way. The Catholic Answers conference in my husband’s hometown of Glenwood, Minn., left me feeling enlightened and gifted with new ways of articulating things about the faith I’ve known but haven’t been able to describe easily to others before. Some of the most [...]

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   Aug 20

writing wednesdays: dad at the fargo theater

It’s their anniversary tomorrow; the people whose lives came together to make mine. I can’t help but have Dad on my mind this month for other reasons, too. Atticus may have something to do with it, I suppose. It’s all laid out today on Peace Garden Writer.

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   Aug 15

faith & family fridays: banquet in a field

I’m still not exactly sure how I got so fortunate to be invited, but when the invitation came, I knew I couldn’t say no to dinner in a prairie field. Yep, there I am, Peace Garden Mama taking a sunflower selfie! The event was organized by a group of women who are part of an [...]

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   Aug 13

writing wednesdays: all puffed up are we?

It’s tempting, isn’t it? To think it’s all about us. But is it really? I’ve got a few thoughts that I hope will inspire you in your writing and living. But you can’t discover them without visiting Peace Garden Writer today. See you there! PGM

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   Aug 11

meaningful mondays: family vacay in delightful duluth

Our family may never experience flying on an airplane together. In opening our hearts to a bigger family, we silently agreed to give up this luxury, though we may not have known it at the time we were in the midst of collecting kids. But one sacrifice I’ve never been willing to make is to [...]

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   Aug 04

meaningful mondays: celebrating dad

To be honest, Dad was never much for birthdays. Growing up the youngest son of nine kids, there were years in there where birthdays sort of got lost in the shuffle. In fact, for most of his life, Dad didn’t even know his actual birthday. An aunt was adamant it was Aug. 4, but not [...]

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   Jul 30

writing wednesdays: why i love writing local

There’s just something about writing for those who are near, whether you know them or not. I ponder this gift today on Peace Garden Writer. Come meet me there!

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   Jul 25

faith & family fridays: interior freedom in the summer

I’d never heard of Jacques Philippe until January, when my sweet friend from Canada sent me a book in the mail. “Here is a little book I’ve enjoyed of late and thought you might appreciate as well,” her inscription said. “Mine is coffee splashed and full of ink and pencil so this is absolutely yours. [...]

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   Jul 23

writing wednesdays: yes, it’s just a card, but…

Old-fashioned, belabored, not all that important, right? Just a greeting card. Doesn’t need all that much attention. Or does it? Here’s my take on that, and why the right space counts in writing just about anything, including messages in greeting cards. It’s over today on Peace Garden Writer. See you there!

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   Jul 21

meaningful mondays: farewell to an irish blessing

I didn’t know Fr. Peter Hughes well — not as well as some in my life.  I would see him at gatherings here and there during the years he served here, and I knew more than a few people who held him beloved. Then one day in 2011, I was given the honor of writing [...]

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