BACKYARD THEATER

 

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I cannot even begin to comment on the above picture.  I was born in 1942 and most of my childhood occurred during the 40s and 50s.  We didn’t even have a television set until I turned ten.  It was more like a huge piece of furniture which housed a 10″ screen that displayed images in black and white.

Our entertainment took place in the backyard.  I was the self-appointed playwright, costumer and director – an occupation which would follow me throughout my life.  Our theater consisted of two sheets on a clothes line – secured tightly with clothes pins.  This was the backdrop for our original productions.  Most of the boys were recruited by bonking them on the head or pulling teeth. There were also promises of swords, guns and bow and arrows.  The girls came willingly – each wanting to be the star of the show.

We made popcorn and lemonade to sell for refreshments and the neighbors paid two cents to see the magic of live theater, while sitting on a scratchy wool blanket on the grass.

Our shows lasted about fifteen minutes.  No one ever remembered lines or cues.  We were simply cute, just by being there and going through the motions.  I learned at an early age that a director has to pull a performance out of the actors immediately, or they become easily distracted – especially if they’re five.

It’s funny how we were able to make fun times out of basically nothing but a couple sheets, some popcorn and lemonade.  The families loved the time chatting with each other, even if the show lacked attention getting material.  Times were so different then, but were they really?  I think we all still enjoy time spent with our kids, with our neighbors and spouses.  Sometimes the means to doing so, changes over time, but the basic thought is there.

I think kids will find joy in playing inside a cardboard box and banging on pots and pans.  I don’t think it’s necessary for them to be so engaged in electronics at such an early age, but then, if I were a mom today, I would undoubtedly be encouraging it.

As decades come and go, we have seen tremendous changes in society, but I believe that creating things that stir our children’s imaginations will live with them forever.

 

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WALKING THE WALK

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

A life once filled with loneliness, a heart that seemed like stone,

Has turned to Christ and all at once, that life is not alone,

To walk without the Son of God is like an empty day,

Time that has no purpose, where thoughts get in the way,

The road through life is burdensome and sometimes can run out,

But when we walk with Jesus, the journey has no doubt,

For He alone can guide us. His tenderness is real,

He washes all our sins away, redemption He did seal.

We walk like children through this life. We’re never satisfied,

But Jesus loves us even so, through Him we’re gratified.

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ANGEL IN MY POCKET

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For as long as I can remember, my husband has always carried a small rock in his pocket.  When asked why, he said it was to remind him that God is His rock and salvation.  What a great way to imbed an idea into your brain.  It isn’t a lucky charm, but a simple symbol of what God means to him.

I feel like I have an angel in my pocket.  I’ve lived with this angel since I was born.  I don’t know what she/he looks like, but I’d bet this angel is pretty worn out by now.  My angel has seen me through some life and death situations – like being held at gunpoint as my workplace was robbed.  I also know this angel was present as I went into shock after surgery and my blood pressure plummeted.  I felt the angel’s presence when the stick shift of my Jeep came out in my hand as I downshifted.  I physically put the stick back in place, but the angel saw to it that it continued to work.

There are so many events in life, which we simply cannot explain.  Those times that we refer to as acts of God or miracles.  Sometimes we feel we’ve been shortchanged, because we don’t experience miracles, but perhaps that’s because we aren’t looking for them.

Miracles happen every day.  You can see them in the birth of a child or the peaceful death of someone who has succumbed to a long, painful illness.  Miracles occur when a child takes his first steps – when someone loves you so much they’d do the impossible for you – when you ace a test that you’ve not studied for.  Well maybe that last one is more of a miracle than we think it is.

Miracles can be life changing.  They can cause us to believe in something greater than ourselves.  Even an atheist would have to agree that there are things in this life that cannot be explained scientifically.

God talks about angels dwelling among us in Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  We may not recognize them right away, but they have been placed in our lives for a purpose.  I recall going through a difficult time financially.  We’d lost everything, including our home.  We were at the end of our rope and even thought we might be one of those homeless folks you see with a cardboard sign asking for help.

At just the right moment, a friend came to our rescue by offering to sell us a rental property on a land contract.  God blessed us through this “man” and gave us a second chance.  The fellow went to heaven at a very young age, having died in a plane crash.

I could go on and on about the many miracles and angel incidents in my life, but I think you get the picture.  Maybe I don’t carry an angel or a rock in my pocket, but I am assured that my Savior is walking beside me through this journey and will carry me home to heaven one day.  That’s a real miracle!

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WRITER’ FUNNIES

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AUGUST SKY

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY FROM PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

The fields are all but harvested, the hay lays on the ground,

The air contains the slightest chill, with stillness all around,

The old, red barn stands waiting now, to make it overflow,

Abundance of hay and forage, to last through all the snow,

The heat of August hasn’t left, there’s still much to behold,

But soon we’ll see the colors change, to brilliant red and gold,

This month brings so much transition, the days grow shorter too,

But still we savor every sense, which through it we renew.

 

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MEMORIES

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I came across this old photo of my sister and I cutting up, just for laughs, at my Aunt Muriel and Uncle Jake’s home in Wisconsin.  It brought back so many memories of the fun times we shared, not only as sisters, but as nieces to a wonderful couple.  These two always made us feel special.

My Uncle served in World War II and kept a black and white photo of me as his two year old pinup girl. Aunt Muriel was a fun loving, quick witted, cracker jack of a woman, who was my dad’s sister.  She, along with her three siblings, lived their childhood without a father.  Aunt Muriel was a little chubby when she was a young girl, so she was a great encouragement to me as I struggled with my weight.  She and her sister, Margaret, were really great role models for us.  Both small town girls, with hearts of gold.

My sister was not always my friend.  In fact our age difference of almost five years, caused me more embarrassment and a sense of obligation to put up with her.  I thought nothing of making her sit in the front of the bus, so I could be alone with my friends in the back.  Thankfully, the Lord has changed my thinking and I treasure this woman as my very best female friend ever.

When we were kids, we shared a bedroom.  We shared a lot of things, although her clothes were too small for me and mine were too stretched out for her.  Our mom told great stories when we were growing up – stories that piqued our imagination and gave us our creativity and sense of humor.

We would act out some of those stories after mom kissed us goodnight.  We’d strip the sheets from the bed and wear them as evening gowns – parading across the bed as if we were Miss America.  Once while we played out the Cinderella story, I dropped the “glass slipper” on my face and wound up with a black eye the next day.  That took some explaining.

The old photo of my sister and I in the old fashioned swim suits, shows how much we liked to clown around.  She’s the one in the colorful swim suit.  She could wear stripes. I couldn’t.  It also reminds me that my aunt had this giant chest filled with funny costumes.  She undoubtedly had a lot to do with my love of performing.  I have a garage full of funny costumes too.

It’s fun to look back at old memories and see how they’ve crafted the course of your life.  We are a product of our environment and I believe that God places all these wonderful people in our lives for a purpose.  Without them, we’d be pretty boring.

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FOUR HOURS OF SILENCE & AWE

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I knew my state was not in the path of the solar eclipse which occurred across the United States yesterday, yet we did experience a couple minutes of semi-darkness and silence.  At the same time, I had my television tuned to the coverage of this amazing event and was awed by the fact that for four hours, the controversial news that usually peppers our media, was nowhere to be seen.  Instead I was witness to people across this land looking up at the sky in wonder.

The entire four hours and five minutes it took for the event to go from start to finish, was pure God time.  Such a short span, when you think about the majesty of our Creator.  Yet He created both the sun and the moon in just a day – along with the stars that fill the universe.  His power is instant as well as miraculous.  Wouldn’t it have been magnificent to be a witness to that powerful creation?

However, we are witness to it every day as we watch things go on as they did from the beginning of time.  We see the sun rise and set.  We know night will approach at a certain time every day.  We can count on the patterns that God has laid out for us – the miracle of life, the intricacies of the human body, the design of the perfect architect, horticulturist, biologist.  The One who not only created all of it, but knows how it works, because He made it.

It makes me wonder how people can say all this happened by chance.  Our eyes should be pointed heavenward in awe of the amazing and only God, who provides for all of man’s needs – The One who holds the world in the palm of His hand.

Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, all you shining stars!
 Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

 Let them praise the name of the Lord!
    For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

Psalm 148: 3-6

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WRITERS’ FUNNIES

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LOL

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ECLIPSED

Genesis 1:16  “God made two great lights–the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

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ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BYN PAUL & KATHY BOECHER©

Two orbs,

Placed in their own space,

By the hand of God,

Never colliding,

One lights the day,

One the night,

The Creator made these two spheres for a purpose,

He made all things in the earth and heavens,

He is the One to be worshipped because of it,

Not the things He created,

For without Him, there would be no light,

The darkness would cover the earth,

Not for a few moments, but eternally,

The light would never be seen again,

But the Light was created to cover the darkness,

Jesus is that Light,

The Light of the world,

Who eclipsed all our sins.

 

 

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