And a cherry on top

And a cherry on top

There’s a French saying that, translated, says, “One tastes first with one’s eyes.” That’s probablywhy food is presented so artfully in France – as a ‘feast for the eyes.’ (I must say, it makes onehungry just looking at it). All that attention to perfection is,...
What’s for Lunch?

What’s for Lunch?

It was a salt & vinegar potato chip and it landed on the less than pristine picnic table, so I sweptit off into the nearby trees. Instantaneously, a ravenous flock of sparrows attacked, with theswiftest of them swooping up the prize and winging off, leaving the...
Let Freedom Ring!

Let Freedom Ring!

Not all aspects of God’s character shine through us with equal brilliance, but there’s one that seems universally potent – freedom! It’s in evidence from our earliest “I’ll do it myself!”, to a longing for summer holidays away from teachers and school classrooms, to...
Do I see palm trees up ahead?

Do I see palm trees up ahead?

Here in Virginia, one can almost guarantee hearing someone say: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” But not this summer! This summer, it has been the heat. And not only in the US. Europe has been scorching hot these past few months, hotter than most have ever...
Where did that come from?

Where did that come from?

I am an auditory learner. That is, I get information best simply by listening. The positive aspect of this is not needing a lot of other stimuli. One downside is that I don’t manage to take notes well. The other downside is that I forget more easily now than before,...
Dare We?

Dare We?

We celebrate a long list of people acclaimed for their achievements: Olympic athletes excelling at their sport, college and professional athletes winning tournaments, arts and entertainment stars ‘owning’ the red carpet, scientists hailing breakthroughs in all...
And laughter, too

And laughter, too

I’ve got it! I know why Jesus chooses little children, and those who are like them, to live in his Kingdom! They are not self-conscious or uptight or judgmental or worried what others will think. They instinctively know they need, indeed are dependent on, loving care...
Life, Then and Now

Life, Then and Now

A little sympathy, please. Life is, as promised, not always a walk in the park. But, if you are differently gifted, aka left-handed, the difficulties are multiplied. The right-handed majority lives blithely oblivious of the repeated indignities endured by their...
… gonna lay down my burdens…

… gonna lay down my burdens…

Dr. James Dobson was once heard to say: ‘Children are the best receivers of information, and the worst interpreters of information.’ That means that little ones hear well and eagerly, but they have to process the information heard through the lens of their as-yet,...
More of Him, Less of Me

More of Him, Less of Me

Professors’ teaching styles range from fall-asleep, deathly boring to edge-of-seat riveting (with all variations in between). I once had an evening class – from 7-10 PM! The professor was one of the most gentle, kind, intelligent men one could ever meet....

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