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A friend of mine was doing some contractor work using an excavator when I called him recently. He had some keys I needed, so he told me how to find him. He said to drive past this one intersection … more
My husband is creating a pantry on the near end of our garage. I enthusiastically support this endeavor. Our kitchen is small, and there’s never been enough room for non-perishables and my odd … more
She was never one of the ones picked on in school. She was strong and outspoken. In her youth she set goals and worked to achieve them. Friends were abundant, and many aspired to be like her. She … more
Now that we must stand 6 feet away from our fellow shoppers, conversations in the grocery store checkout line are nearly impossible. Forced to read magazine covers, I found a treasure. Time … more
Every morning, my first tasks of the day are to learn new vocabulary words and read scripture.  Although there are many times that words come to me as a gift, there are more times they emerge … more
Do you ever feel you’ve messed up beyond hope? Have you ever felt you’ve failed God so badly that you cannot be forgiven? Do you know what it’s like to feel doomed for eternity? These … more
We have had violent crimes in our area, and each time it’s cringe-worthy, but thank God we’ve not been contaminated by the violent protests across the country in bigger cities — even some … more
This week I’ve been thinking about forgiveness. I wonder if it might be more complicated than the simple formula of “admitting a wrong, asking to be forgiven, receiving pardon, and moving on … more
The complex AI system in one of my vehicles really is considered a kind of Artificial Intelligence by some. It has GPS, and so many other features. It tells me when I need to speed up or slow down. … more
My wife and I were out in the canoe on one of our local lakes in our school district this past Sunday after our online church service. The weather couldn’t have been better that beautiful and calm … more
The church activity I miss most during the pandemic is the ability to go to the Lord’s Table and share a sacred meal with other people. Each denomination has their own words, rituals and names for … more
We live in an “on demand” culture. If I want to watch a particular show on television, or listen to a precise piece of music, or eat a particular meal, technology has advanced so that I can have … more
Religion columnist and former co-pastor of Bald Hills Community Church Sylvia Peterson recently published a new novel titled “The Red Door: Where Hurt and Holiness Collide” that explores the … more
Balance Fallacy is the logical fallacy in which people claim both sides of an argument are equal in their merits, which often leads to another logical fallacy called false dilemma, discounting both … more
My cousin, David, who is my age, came out to visit us, here in the Pacific Northwest last year. It was good to see him. It had been way too long. Shortly after he left, he and his family moved to … more
Nov. 8, 1918, in San Diego, California, a baby girl was born to police officer Richard Chadwick and homemaker (later would operate a restaurant) Mary Lacko. They named their newborn Florence May … more
While gardening yesterday I found something quite peculiar.  There is an area where we throw large rocks we might want for a project later. Most of them are quite heavy. Near the bottom, but … more
Husband and I have been watching “Alone” on the Discovery Channel. The first two seasons were on Vancouver Island in Canada. We are now watching contestants in Patagonia, the southernmost point … more
Every summer wildfires break out across the United States. The Army works with the National Interagency Wildfire Center in Boise, Idaho to aid civilian units combating wildfires nationwide. This is … more
I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered … more
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