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Friendship

Friendship

I'm watching my grandchildren making friends while walking through the minefield of Junior High School! My inclination is to hold their hands, not that they would take mine at this age, and absorb the inevitable blows for them. I don't want to shatter their tender idealism about friendships, but instead I want to protect their precious ingots of innocence.
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Littered Rose Petals

Littered Rose Petals

In an old gardening calendar, a poignant sentence illustrating a pathway littered with rose petals jumped out at me. There was no reference to an author, but the sentence read, "forgiveness is the odor flowers give off when flowers get trampled on." It reminded me of a discussion I recently had with one of my sisters about forgiveness.
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Culling All Judgment

Culling All Judgment

In the summer months, my perennial flowers are in full bloom, each competing with the other for pride of space! I take note of who's pushing whom out of the way so that I can cull and transplant the obnoxious culprits to another more favorable spot in the garden in the early fall months.
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I’m All For Aging

I’m All For Aging

Getting older definitely has its benefits other than senior citizen discounts! At this stage, I have gratefully realized that I don't have to audibly spill out in words what I really think, especially if it's exceptionally raw. Being a grandma affords me the luxury to take a look at from where my words come, examine them, and release them in timely increments.
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Type 1-9, Who am I?

Type 1-9, Who am I?

The man bun, the mullet, the shag, the bob, and the pixie. . Heritage blue, avocado green, emerald green, khaki beige, and slate gray... Aerobics, jazzercise, Zumba, circuit training, and yoga... Life group, Discipleship Now, Intergenerational Sunday school, and Training Union. . . So when I first heard of Enneagram, I thought, "here we go again!"
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“Don’t Be Afraid,” Easier Said Than Done!

“Don’t Be Afraid,” Easier Said Than Done!

The Gospels are full of stories about Peter: impetuous, impatient, hyper- vigilant, passionate Peter. In Luke 5:1-11, Peter had already agreed to follow this guy named Jesus. He had already made that huge, monumental, life-altering, anti-establishment decision. Peter had even gone so far as to open his home to the community for healing and teaching. So, why was Peter so scared of Jesus in this story?
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Language is ID

Language is ID

I am bilingual: English and Arabic. As a kid in Lebanon, I learned both languages simultaneously. By osmosis, I learned which language to use where and with whom. But in the loose boundaries of our hospitality driven home and family, both languages were used at the same time, even in the same sentences. For as all bilinguals from birth can attest, some things are just better expressed in one language or another!
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Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

You know the expression, "stop and smell the roses?" I don't tend roses anymore, except for the hardy stress-free climbers. Hybrid tea roses are too persnickety to feel at home in my wild and crazy chemical free garden. I'm waiting for botanists to create disease resistant roses that still retain their spicy sweet fragrance. Nevertheless, in the meantime, I have plenty of other flowers that show off just fine their mingled perfumes.
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Finger Paint With Your Peeps

Finger Paint With Your Peeps

I've reached a milestone today. . . Yay, it's launch day for my book, Tell the Truth About Adultery. I can't say that this is a dream come true, because adultery is not anyone's desired dream. However, finding a publisher who believed in the merit of my story and taking a gamble on that story having an audience, well now, that is a dream come true!
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Bible Translation

All Bible passages are from New English Translation