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Seventy eight years ago, my grandmother was in labor.  At the end of the labor, she gave birth to my mom, Eva Justina.  My mom was one of 12 children and number 10 in the lineup.  My grandmother had a boy, a girl, a boy, and then nine girls (Walt, Julia, Joe, Marie, Ruth, Anne, […]

Faith in Suffering

A friend sent me a sermon that was written by a pastor at a Lutheran church here in Maine. It was delivered last Sunday and the subject was on suffering in general and Haiti in particular. It was very well written and, if I had permission and it wasn’t so long, I […]

State of the Union

I watched the State of the Union last night.  It was a very good speech!  Then again, I have never heard President Obama make a bad speech.  I thought that he clearly outlined where we are at and what the plans are for the future.  He did it with grace, humor and strength.  He didn’t […]

Today’s Thoughts (1/26/10)

A few thoughts at the end of Tuesday (it’s only Tuesday???):

– Just took a quick run over to the office at 9:30 at night.  The cleaning lady had called and said she couldn’t get the alarm set.  I think it is because she had the door open while trying to set it.  Can’t do […]

Poor Man’s Tax

I was at the grocery store this morning getting the week’s shopping done. I had to stop at the customer service desk and, as I was standing in line, I noticed the man standing in front of me. He wasn’t dressed very nice and his one shoe had duct tape holding it […]

A Certain Regret

I am reading a book by Maya Angelou entitled “Letter to My Daughter”. It is a collection of little essays/stories that she has written to her daughter. The thing is, Ms. Angelou does not have a daughter. She has a son, who she is immensely proud of (as she should be) but […]

Equal and Opposite

There are a number of people in my life who have very abrasive personalities. They are just by nature domineering, controlling and think they are always right. If you don’t agree with them, they get increasingly shrill and then eventually sulk and make life miserable for people around them.

My […]

Snow Day!

Today is a snow day!  We were supposed to get a minor amount of snow (3-5 inches) last night but it started snowing and didn’t stop until about an hour ago.  We have received at least 10 inches.  Luckily it isn’t a heavy wet snow but still, pretty messy.

I was coordinating calls this morning […]

Another Nudge

Way back on May 23rd, I did a posting entitled “God’s Nudges”.  It was about how I felt perfectly lazy one day and didn’t work on the church newsletter like I was supposed to do.  It was ok because it wasn’t due yet but it is unusual for me not to work on it the […]

Hope in Haiti

Yesterday there was a story on NBC Nightly News about a five story grocery store that had collapsed during the earthquake in Haiti. A man was outside the store fully convinced his wife was alive inside and a group of rescuers from Turkey were working hard to try to free her.  I was hoping they […]