Category Archives: sin

SECRETS & LIES

In our world today, I think you would have to possess nerves of steel – be completely into yourself – believe you’re above reproach – have a spotless past – and possess a bit of insanity, to enter the political arena today.  The … Continue reading

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SIN

I read an article yesterday pertaining to words Christians use, which most folks don’t understand – words like sanctification, justification, redemption and little words like behold, blessings and sin.  These words apparently aren’t on the minds of those in the … Continue reading

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ALL HALLOWS EVE

It’s Halloween and soon the streets will be filled with all sorts of little ghosts and goblins begging for candy.  Chances are they have no great need for the treats, but they love this tradition of dressing up and having … Continue reading

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AUTUMN CRUD

This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are splendidly dressed in their most brilliant colors, the air is crisp and clean, and I even got married in September.  One of the side effects of this season for me … Continue reading

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OLD RAGS

I’ve been sorting through crates of costumes that were packed away in our garage for the past year.  Before we moved, I didn’t realize I would have no further use for these things, so they were sealed up and made … Continue reading

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ANGER & MALICE & RAGE, OH MY!

When we moved to Minneapolis in 1973, we were thrilled to be living in a “big” city that maintained good values – had an amazing art community – was a beautiful metropolis and still had a home town feel to … Continue reading

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I DIG DIRT

Ever since I was little I had a close attachment with dirt.  I loved making mud pies. I enjoyed digging for worms.  There was something about squishing your fingers through the moist soil in search of buried treasure or who knows what.  … Continue reading

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WHAT’S YOUR HANDLE?

KING LOUIS II OF FRANCE – AKA – THE STAMMERER died April 10, 879 Shakespeare asked the question, “What’s in a name?  Our names tell a lot about us – where we come from, our ancestry, and lots more.  Some … Continue reading

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PINTEREST PERFECT?

Don’t you just checking out Pinterest for creative ideas?  Doesn’t everyone have stuff like this on their mantle or dining room table for the Easter holiday?  So many times we hope things will be Pinterest perfect in our lives.  We … Continue reading

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SIT DOWN, YOU’RE ROCKIN’ THE BOAT

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of directing a high school production of “Guys & Dolls.”  The story is about an itinerate gambler who makes anything into a bet.  He has been challenged to approach Sergeant Sarah Brown, from the … Continue reading

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WHAT DO I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

We started this year with a total re-evaluation of our lives when my husband experienced a small stroke last December.  Where was our focus?  What mattered in our life?  Why were we working so hard?  Why were we living in a house … Continue reading

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THE MOTHER OF HUMANITY

This series pertains to Jesus’ lineage and the women who played a part in it.  I do not claim to be a theologian, but as a dramatist and writer I believe that the Bible is full of stories about average and … Continue reading

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DESTRUCTION FROM WITHIN

“Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or … Continue reading

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DOES CHURCH MAKE YOU PERFECT?

  Many think that they’re above reproach or no longer considered sinful if they simply attend church.  Many are also there because they feel safe from the world outside.  Some even use church as a place to compensate for the sins … Continue reading

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EMPTY BRANCHES

ORIGINAL ART & POETRY BY PAUL & KATHY Trees will soon be empty, Leaving mere skeletal remains until the snow melts, Still there is beauty in the emptiness, There is glory in the dead branches, Like us, They will be … Continue reading

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THE UGLY SIDE OF LIFE

Every day there is one shocking news story after another.  We’re bombarded by tales of inhumanity murder, greed, lust, idolatry, treacherous acts of violence and hatred.  Occasionally we’re treated to a “feel good” story, but it seems they’re few and … Continue reading

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YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

I had the opportunity to visit with old friends this weekend – friends that I had also worked with in melodrama theater several years ago.  Melodrama is the genre that’s completely black and white.  Good is good and evil is evil.  … Continue reading

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STEREOTYPES

  A stereotype is defined as an over-simplified or standardized conception of a culture, profession or group.  How often do we categorize people?  For example, everyone knows that cops and donuts go together – right?  The Italian people are all members of the … Continue reading

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LIGHT IN DARKNESS

His hand reached for the oil lamp in the darkness. He was enveloped in the deepest darkness he had ever experienced. He strained to see even a tiny glimpse of light – just a faint whisper – nothing. He groped, … Continue reading

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CASTING STONES

  It’s fun to spin stones across a vast expanse of water.  The stone skips a few times and then sinks.  Sometimes they have a soft, smooth exterior – other times they’re rough and may even cut through skin.  Stones have … Continue reading

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