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Day 1 as Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergywoman

Nov 15th, 2015 by Mary | 0

Yesterday, November 13, the Commission on Ministry accepted me as a full-fledged clergywoman in this denomination that has been my church home for ten years. My road (well, “road” is a bit of an exaggeration) was more like an unchartered path, often in the wilderness, often in exile, leading me into and then from communities more »

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The Miracle of Ordinary Days

Jun 5th, 2010 by Mary | 2

“The Miracle of Ordinary Days”
May 19, 2010
I am a sucker for sentimental movies, Hallmark among my favorites. Today, after a long day’s toil, I positioned myself on the couch, drink in one hand, four dogs cuddling up to me, a purring cat on my lap, fully intending to “veg out” for the evening. After watching more »

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True Riches

May 20th, 2010 by Mary | 0

April 30, 2010      “True Riches”
In 1892, Anton Chekhov wrote a letter to his lover, Lydia Avilov. He said: “Yes, it is nice now in the country, not only nice but positively amazing. It’s real spring, the trees are coming out, it is hot. The nightingales are singing, and the frogs are croaking in all more »

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After Apple Picking: Earth Day +1

Apr 30th, 2010 by Mary | 0

I got a kick out of an email I got from a friend of mine early this week, adjuring everyone to plant a tree in honor of Earth Day. I wrote back immediately and told her I was celebrating Earth Year on our new piece of paradise. You see, for the first time in my more »

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Our Night Visitor…

Apr 12th, 2010 by Sheryl | 0

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Practical Ressurection

Apr 1st, 2010 by Mary | 1

Yesterday was glorious, a sprightly easterly wind from dawn to dark, trees ready to spring open with their soft green offerings, the bulbs I planted last fall peeking above their leaf-covered beds. Sheryl and I went around the eastern corner of our house to find daffodils planted by one of our forebearers on this land more »

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To Everything There is a Season…

Mar 19th, 2010 by Mary | 0

“To everything there is a season . . . .”
“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap

A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a more »

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Live From The Field

Feb 20th, 2010 by Mary | 0

“Pleasure in the Ordinary” February 20, 2010     OK. So I finally did it. I signed up for email updates from the “Chicken Whisperer.” Daily life on the outskirts of Glenwood, Iowa (pop. Around 5,000) is different from life in the east bay, with San Francisco on the horizon. Talk about leaving the “fast more »

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“Four Seasons” blog

Feb 15th, 2010 by Mary | 0

“Four Seasons” sounds like a great idea – for a restaurant, at least. It is fun to shut our eyes and do a roll call of the seasons. Spring, with crocuses and daffodils and pussy willows bursting into full bloom to successfully challenge the muted monotoned palette of winter’s whites and grays. Then summer, redolent more »

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“Creating Abundance”

Jan 8th, 2010 by Mary | 0

From dawn to dusk, the porch right outside my picture window is literally filled with birds. At latest count, I have recorded nine species, but it wasn’t always like this. When we moved here to Glenwood, Iowa at the end of September, I just saw an occasional bird from a distance. There was an old more »

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