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MY CHILD, MY JOY!

When she was brought home, preparations were being made for Christmas.  She was due on Christmas Day, but surprised us by coming early.  We named her Joy Noel, not realizing just how much of a joy she would grow into. … Continue reading

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THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS SHEPHERDS

This is the time of year for Christmas Pageants – for children – a time of waiting and anticipation.  A number of years ago I wrote a play for my drama kids about the birth of Jesus, the Messiah from … Continue reading

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SORTING THROUGH THE GARBAGE

There is nothing like scrounging through the trash in search of something you lost.  I’ve had that encounter many times.  Once I lost a check and assumed I’d tossed it out with the insignificant mail. I had to wade through … Continue reading

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DISCIPLINE & FATHERHOOD

“Just wait until your father gets home.”  How many times I said that to my children, when I was just plain tired of dealing with the issue of discipline.  It was my way of copping out and also a way … Continue reading

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 19:14 Along with a change in the numbers of church going people today, the forgotten are the … Continue reading

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HAVE WE BECOME NUMB?

A debate occurs over what word is being spoken – Laurel vs. Yanny.  The whole thing goes viral.  A father watches on his phone as his child is born far from him.  Again the whole nation talks about it.  A wedding … Continue reading

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THIS IS YOUR TIME

At the beginning of February of this year, we undertook the task of creating theatre with young people.  The auditions produced sweet faces, high energy and excitement.  You could feel it in the air. These delightful little Thespians pushed forward, … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF THEATRE

The week after Easter, my cast of 24 children will get on stage and present THE MAD ADVENTURES OF MR. TOAD.  Some magic is occurring right before our eyes.  The kids memorize lines, learn songs and dances and they are … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TIME?

When I was a young child, I remember seeing this picture and wondering about this young man, Jesus.  He was only a child, but had so much wisdom and knowledge to share with the elders of the church and the … Continue reading

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JESUS LOVES CHILDREN

Some of the things I worried about as a child seem insignificant now. Today children are faced with more serious issues than I ever dreamed of. The technological age has opened a whole new world for them and along with … Continue reading

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WHY?

An image difficult for any parent, grandparent, teacher or law enforcement officer to see.  Children, not yet knowing what their future holds for them – innocents who are supposed to feel safe in their schools – victims of the whim … Continue reading

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I WAS A FUNNY MOM

My days of being a mother are long gone, but the memories linger on.  Every once in a while, one of those recollections resurfaces and I wonder how I ever made it through the whole motherhood thing. I then tell myself (which … Continue reading

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BITTERSWEET

Me with one of the very important Oompa Loompas, before the last show yesterday.  For the past few months, I’ve been working as stage manager for a children’s theater production of Willy Wonka, Jr.  The last show of fourteen performances, … Continue reading

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OUR CHRISTMAS ANGEL

45 years ago, I’d reached the end of my third pregnancy.  We were in the center of one of Wisconsin’s common snow storms.  I knew it wouldn’t be long before this little one would be born.  It took some time to wake my husband, … Continue reading

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FUNNY MEMORIES

As I unpacked those treasured ornaments from the past 53 years of marriage, memories began to pour into my head.  There were the handmade pieces; the delicate globes decorated with the names of each in our family; the store bought … Continue reading

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VALUE OF ALL THINGS LIVING

When our first grandson was a child of three, he had a complete grasp on the value of life.  As I stomped on a pesky little ant as it scurried underfoot, he immediately called me out for taking the insect’s life.  Of course … Continue reading

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THE APPLE DOESN’T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE

I’ve been thinking about all the sexual harassment and abuse we’ve be inundated with for the past few months and trying to put together a meaningful take on it.  I know that no matter what I’m going to say will … Continue reading

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WHEN I WAS A CHILD …

When I was a child, I would spend my summer vacations at my grandparent’s farm or visiting other relatives in Northern Wisconsin.  Every moment was filled with time well spent.  I can still picture the line of pine trees that … Continue reading

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BACK IN THE SADDLE

When we grow older, learning isa process that stays with us until our final breath is drawn. Yesterday I began another after school adventure with several.  I decided to return to this for one more session, not only because I … Continue reading

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MOTHERHOOD GUILT

The vision of a Jewish mother, holding every form of guilt over her child’s head, has become stereotypical.  Since Eve was the first woman, and obviously Jewish, let’s blame her.  I feel women are formed with guilty consciences and it … Continue reading

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