Category Archives: the world around me

The Truth About Peace in the Middle East

A politico on the radio this morning attempted to explain the real reason behind the lack of peace in the Middle East. I had to shut it off because it’s pretty hard to pontificate from an ivory bubble and actually get … Continue reading »

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Perfect Quiet: Mackinac Island

On an island with nothing motorized absolute quiet and the sound of waves crashing against land at every turn. I take a bike around the 8-mile perimeter and keep stopping to marvel at this natural beauty. How did I get … Continue reading »

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There is Just So Much to Write About: Loving My Birthday

This morning, in honor of my 43rd birthday, I texted my parents to tell them how much I love them. My day began with thunderous storms bashing the house, a swirl of darkness at 7 a.m. My darling and I … Continue reading »

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Running: A Perplexing Pastime

This morning, streams of runners passed in front of my house for an organized race. Some jogged, some ran, some walked fast. Some pushed strollers, while others walked hand in hand with a child. They kept coming and coming, going … Continue reading »

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You Have to Start Somewhere

The water was cool, the sun setting behind the trees but still bright enough to head toward. I dove under, the water covering me entirely, like a rebirth, an inauguration, a baptism. It had been at least a year since … Continue reading »

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Million Dollar Arm

I expected to love this movie, especially on a rainy day in southern Illinois with my children and husband beside me. But something really bothered me about it. Of course, feeling motion sick from the constant moving of the camera … Continue reading »

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No-Coat Weather

We slept with the windows open last night, waking to the song of birds. I pulled out of the driveway this morning to take my daughter to school, the windows cracked in the car, reveling in the perfect weather: not … Continue reading »

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Finally! A Great Start to a Great Day

Is it that the sun was gloriously shining the minute I woke up in the 5:45 a.m. region of the day? Is it that the pink on the east-facing horizon was so pure and lovely that I just knew it … Continue reading »

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Why I Hate Bras

Walking in the cool spring sunshine, a mass of puffy clouds filling the gleaming blue sky, I could feel the straps of my bra sliding over the cliff of my shoulders. Again. I’m not your usual ragamuffin kind of gal, … Continue reading »

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Community = Come Unity

I’ve been reading a book about Peace since I returned from India, in chunks and bits as I find time each morning. It’s a good way to start the day and focus on Truth. It begins with a section on … Continue reading »

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