Archive | December, 2014

The Word Became Flesh

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go […]

Great Expectations

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How busy are you? Shopping. Cooking. Wrapping. Christmas cards. Parties. Secret Santas. Ornaments. Crafts. Cleaning. House guests. Travel. Concerts and plays. Any of this sound familiar? I do love the heart of Christmas. The music of Christmas. The glory of Christmas. The story of Christmas. At the same time, I find myself asking: When it […]

Gadgets: Simple or Complicated?

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This is the time of year when gadgets seem to crawl out of the woodwork. Catalogs, Internet coupon offers, store racks, mall kiosks. Organize this. Open that. Charge this. Store that. Cook this. Hang that. Press, clip, mark, etc., etc. They come in all sizes. What are all these things for? Why do we buy […]

Why I Returned to the Wild


Over the last few weeks I’ve heard various comments from friends, in person or in social media, about how they are put their yards to bed for the winter. They say that like everybody does it. Well, I’m here to say today that my yard has not had a bedtime for the last couple of […]