Musings from the Midwest

The Last Tomatoes of Summer

The Last Tomatoes of Summer

In late October we ate the last tomatoes of summer…those final pieces of fruit that ripened just before the weather turned colder. There is something wonderful about those tomatoes, knowing we are going into another season with no harvest. The last fruit of summer...

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Freedom in Bondage?

Freedom in Bondage?

We have four cats, and a huge fenced back yard where they can go out and roam around. We don’t let them roam free in the neighborhood. A couple of months ago, a baby rabbit somehow squeezed in through an opening in the fence. Ken thought he had them all closed up, but...

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A Family of My Own

A Family of My Own

In 1994, when I lived in Jerusalem, a friend and coworker there gave me a portion of Scripture that he said was a promise from God for me in Genesis, 21:15-21, because I had been faithful to God. 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were...

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A Woman’s Gift

A Woman’s Gift

Today the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a son. The world is watching in excitement. I never had the pleasure of becoming a mother. I always thought it didn't matter, that I didn't want children, that I was one of those people who weren't "meant"...

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Choking on the Covenant

Choking on the Covenant

When Ken and I got married, part of our wedding ceremony was communion. I recited the Hebrew blessing over the bread and grape juice. Well, when I get nervous my mouth gets dry, and I was very nervous that night. And I didn't think about drinking some water before the...

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Unlovely

Unlovely

My husband, Ken, planted a large sunflower garden in our backyard. There are several different varieties, Russian Mammoth, Autumn Beauty, and several others. I love them. They are all different and unique, but all beautiful. But there is more to them than just the...

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One Thing Leads to Another

One Thing Leads to Another

I have a coffee cup that says "Crazy Cat Lady" on one side and "One Cat Leads to Another" on the other side. Six years ago Ken talked me into adopting a cat and now we have four, so I have proven the point; hence, the cup. But this isn't about my cats. It's about how...

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It’s All in the Choices We Make…

It’s All in the Choices We Make…

I remember an experience I had sometime during 1990, I was sitting on the podium of our congregation in Maryland, taping Asher's message (that was old school when you had to sit and watch the cassette tape and turn it over when the first side was full). All of a...

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Of Chicken Nuggets and Pigs in a Blanket

Of Chicken Nuggets and Pigs in a Blanket

This week Ken and I have been helping with our church's annual Vacation Bible School in the evenings after work. We help in the kitchen serving the food that we give the children each night at the beginning of the evening. It is "kid food," like and pigs in a blanket...

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Whatever Happened to Modesty?

Whatever Happened to Modesty?

As I was standing at the information booth at church on Resurrection Sunday, a young teenager (I believe she is 15) came out of the restroom with her holiday finest on - a dress that looked like it belonged in a nightclub somewhere, off one shoulder and very short! I...

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Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

There is an acronym young people use today in texting called BFF (Best Friends Forever). I wonder if they really understand the meaning of best friends? Twenty-five years ago I ended up in Frederick, Maryland. I thought it was just another stop in the crazy quilt that...

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A Valentine Gift

A Valentine Gift

I work for a very large company in the Midwest. Every Valentine's Day there are several tables at the Security entrance to the buildings to hold all the flowers that are delivered to employees for Valentine's Day. They even have them labeled by alphabet. It's nice to...

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