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Gearing up for Christmas

While I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving, the local stores yanked their Halloween decorations on November 1 and started putting up lights, Christmas trees, and wreaths.  Santa is still in storage, but workers are busy unpacking him.  Soon there will be a minature train in the mall with Santa waiting for children to sit on his lap and have a picture taken. 

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Where Hope Is

I am learning day by day –

My hope cannot rest in Congress or the Supreme Court, for they are filled with men and women with all the faults and foibles of regular folk. They have their biases and prejudices, and serve whatever they worship.

My hope cannot rest in staying well-fed, exercised and healthy so I can live long and prosper, nor does it rest in whether Medicare is still solvent when I’m old or if Obamacare is up and working and there are enough of the younger generations to pay the bills.

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Dry Rot and Idol Worship

We called in a friend who inspects houses and asked him to check ours and let us know if he saw work that needed to be done.  We’re not planning to sell, but we want to take proper care of the house God has given us, and if we ever do sell, we don’t want to pass along problems to the next owners.  Our friend noticed dry rot around a skylight over our master bath and some questionable beams and a corner board on the lower deck.  It took us weeks to find a contractor willing to look at the problem because it was “too small a job”.  The skylight area was repaired quickly an

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Sex Trafficking Forum and Crossing the Jordan

The last two weeks have been heartening.  A few years ago, it seemed only one lone cop and a couple with a new ministry “on the avenue” acknowledged there was a problem.   Sonoma County is so beautiful. Thousands come every year to enjoy the magnificent Pacific Coastline, the redwood, the dozens of wineries, the casino – now two casinos.  How could something as despicable as human trafficking be going on here in such an idyllic place? The answer is:  traffickers go where the money is – especially to affluent areas like this.

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Lessons from Noah

One of my friends sent me an email with “Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark”, the title of which was probably inspired by “Everything I needed to know, I learned in kindergarten.”  What I love about the list of the anonymous author is how many things you can learn from one Bible story.

 

Don’t miss the boat.

Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Plan ahead.  It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

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Obamacare, Care Scare, and Hyperbole

I have been reading articles on Obamacare and trying to make sense of it all.  I guess I’m not alone.  One telling sentence in our local (very liberal) newspaper said “the most important thing to know is that everybody must buy insurance or else pay a penalty.  You must obtain insurance, either through your employer or, if they do not offer it, through the Covered California exchange or a broker.” 

 

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Attempts at Gardening

Over the past twelve years, I have been trying my hand at gardening.  My mother had a green thumb, and my brother definitely has two green thumbs; he can grow anything from Jerusalem artichokes to Asian pears.  Me?  Nada.  But I’m still trying.  

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Ideas and New Beginnings

Whenever I finish a novel, I wonder if I’ll be writing another one, or if it’s time to “retire”.   Even mentioning the word makes Rick a little nervous.  “You’re not a happy camper when you’re not working on a project.”  Really?  What happens if I don’t feel the Lord nudging me into another project?

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Addicted to Travel

Recently, I was asked about memorable road trips.  My first experiences were with my mom and dad and brother. My parents only had two weeks of vacation a year, and they wanted to visit as many National Parks as possible.  Hence, we spent long hours in a car without air conditioning to get to the goal – wherever it happened to be. Sometimes they drove until after dark and parked the small trailer along the road side (until one night when we could hear a distant river and discovered in the morning it was hundreds of feet down a cliff face a few yards from the trailer steps).

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Writers' Retreat

Over Labor Day week-end, I joined a group of writer friends, both men and women, all veterans who have survived the ups and downs and ins and outs of the publishing industry over the last twenty to thirty years.  You’d know their names.  Some have sold millions of books all over the world.  Several had written more than one hundred books, one – over two hundred.

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