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5K muffins

5K Double-Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

I’ve just gotten back to blogging after an embarrassingly long absence and have spent the past few days updating plugins and deleting this and that. I have to confess I’m just a little big appalled by all the drafts I left unfinished[...] read more

French Onion Soup 5

All-Day French Onion Soup

Does the title scare you? I had to be truthful. In the spirit of full disclosure, you need to know that this is a recipe best made on those days when your car has been stolen, or you have a flat tire, or a tree has fallen across the driveway. You know.[...] read more

Little House in the Snowy Woods

Little House in the Snowy Woods

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Cowboy Courtin’

I was seven that summer morning between first and second grade when I had my first taste of wooing. Danny was a quiet classmate, someone I’d smiled at once or twice and shared my reading book with on a half-dozen occasions when he couldn’t[...] read more

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Secret Pal

I got a card from my not-so-secret pal a few weeks back. She’s eleven, blonde-ish, and creeping up on me height-wise. She lives in the bedroom above mine. As far as secret-pal duties go, she favors sneaking up on me when I’m working and[...] read more

Gage

Beautiful

Gage follows me into the bathroom and watches while I put the brush back where it belongs. As we turn to leave, he settles his gaze on the drawer where I keep the bandaids — the boring ones, and the ones I’ve collected just for him.

I can[...] read more

tumbled

On Faith and Tumbling

It took a lot of faith to get in that car twenty-nine years ago, and drive seven hours to a town I’d never been to, with a boy I hadn’t known a year. It took all the faith I had to stand and face him, and take his hands, and promise before[...] read more

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Of Mice and Young Men

I saw the boy as Dave and I were driving out the back entrance of the Starbucks parking lot. I’m amazed I noticed him at all because I was totally consumed with my iced grande soy latte. I’d been trying to get up the courage to try a soy[...] read more

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Forgiven

Over the years, I used to dream about them.

When they first left our church, I dreamt frequently that she and I were together in their home, finishing a Bible study or finishing lunch, laughing -- and always, that sound mingled with the noise of her two girls, who played at our feet.

Sometimes, I dreamt that I saw him on the street, and he wasn't angry anymore ...

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Beautiful Day (Part 2)

I had looked forward to the day after Christmas for a couple of reasons. First, the 26th of December loomed as the first day of a much needed rest. It meant the shedding of several great weights: I’d be finished with a lengthy academic book edit[...] read more

Germany-Part 1


Jumping ahead again … but I’ll fill in the gaps eventually.

These are pictures of the train station in Frankfurt, Germany. It’s still a mystery to me how we made it from the airplane down to this platform, because between us, we know[...] read more

Beautiful Day (Part 3)

He didn’t see us enter Key Arena or traverse the stairs to a pair of close-up seats, but I saw him. There was my boy, warming up on Ray’s home turf.

He looked good. He looked natural. He even looked comfortable, though I couldn’t imagine[...] read more

Batch Cooking vs. Once-A-Month

A long, long time ago, back when I had more energy than I knew what to do with, I tried Once-A-Month-Cooking. One time. Once. Because even way back then, when I was probably twenty years younger than I am now, it was a TON of work. Now, I know people[...] read more

Stick ’em Up

No more pulling my hair out looking for bobby pins!

I can’t remember where I saw this tip (I’m thinking it was on the Better Homes and Gardens site, but don’t quote me on that), but it’s been in the back of my mind for about[...] read more

Choices

In my defense, I have to say that I really never stood a chance.

I was five, and my mother called me into the living room, where Grandma was waiting in a recliner. “Hello, Shanny,” she said. I screamed — and covered my eyes with my[...] read more

This Moment

It’s just a bowl of oatmeal. Scotch cut; nonfat milk; a hint of real maple syrup, added in a last-second burst of indulgence. The coffee is a tad on the cool side — enough to notice; not enough to drive me from this chair. But I ground[...] read more

Spaghetti Sauce

I’m off to meet two friends for coffee, knitting, catching-up, laughing, and lunch. But before I head out, I’m starting a pot of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot, full of big, tender [...] read more

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