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The Heartland Literary and Green Tomato Chutney Society

Tonight is the Christmas party for our local writers' group, the Heartland Christian College Story Guild. And I'm missing it. So, of course, I'm feeling nostalgic and also so grateful for having found my tribe in these folks. I'm thinking back to the first-ever...

When Blessings are Messy

  I've been eagerly awaiting a visit from some of our grandchildren and their mama.  I've planned the food, the fun, the bed space, the projects. I've been counting the blessings of all those hours together. They finally arrived last night at bedtime. Today, our...

The Annual Earthquake Edition

I write about this anniversary every year because I never want to forget. This was the day in 1968 when the earth shook my pew in a little country church. I thought God was trying to get my attention. I would learn much later that the earthquake was real. In that...

We Salute You

We Salute You

  When my father got his draft letter for WWII, he had rarely been further from home than the State Fair. The only islands he'd seen appeared each summer when the Chariton River got low. And Europe seemed as far away as the moon. Even so, my dad climbed on the...

Prepare to Fall Back

Where do I sign the petition for "Leave the Light Alone" ? Anyone know? I mean, Falling Back will be great this weekend when it's 6:00am on Sunday morning - unless you are a night shift worker who just got an extra hour of work. It will be even less great at 5:00pm on...

Autumn Makes me Homesick

Autumn Makes me Homesick

(Photo credit to Serenity Bohon, who is probably homesick for these little boys who are now mostly men.) I love Autumn. But sometimes it makes me feel a bit homesick. In the midst of all the coziness, I get lonesome for my childhood home. For the family that gathered...