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September 2011 Archives

Every year my family waits with great anticipation for the county fair….and the cake walk. The fair is similar to small-town fairs everywhere, I suppose. The barns are full of livestock; 4H competitors lead animals from pens to arenas and […]

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I just finished reading an article about a program in Alabama, funded by grants, where prison inmates receive classes in art and literature. It’s called “The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP)” and, although inmates are not receiving college […]

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According to the Bible, God used words to create our world. There was nothing. And then God spoke and there was something. How truly cool is that? And when God spoke humans into being, the humans were made in God’s […]

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  “I just want to be happy!” I hear these words constantly–in songs, in movies, from my friends/children/spouse’s mouths. Sometimes I even hear them come out of my own mouth or go rumbling around in my head. But what does […]

The child has been running. The child’s face is red and blotchy. The child is gulping for air. The child huffs out the words I’ve heard so many times in the past five years, “Mom! We saw a snake!!” I […]

I was watching a movie the other day and the main character–an athlete trained to “think positive”–said, “Well, bad days make the good ones better.” In some ways, of course, this is true. Shadow is what makes us recognize light. […]

I’m about to step out of my comfort zones: I avoid talking politics and religion because I know such conversations make one’s social circles small. People feel threatened if you disagree with them so then they avoid you. If you […]

I thought this was lovely. Surprise hula dancers perform in the aisles of an airplane. I love how peaceful and happy they seem. There seems to be more and more brave performances going on lately…people taking a chance and choosing […]

You know what I loved most about being a high school and college student? I had a set time each day where I *had* to do something I loved. Back then they actually required me to read Shakespeare and to […]