He Chose Me

When I read Steve Balas’ recent blog about his school experience in England, I instantly identified with how he felt as people around him moved and left him alone. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved every two to three years so I also experienced loss as...

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Winter Prep

What type of activities do you do around your home to prepare for winter? Last week my hubby worked to get our gas fireplace ready to use. Our two doxies were particularly interested when he was testing to make sure the blowers were working properly. Our oldest dachshund, Obie, absolutely...

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Music Memories with a Chuckle

I have been music director here at First Presbyterian church for several years.   I began with a small group of Moms and their children and we were called the “Folk Choir” because we were anything but traditional.   We sang simple folk tunes to start and graduated to more challenging pieces,...

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Why I Do What I Do

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Not long ago I found a rare moment of quiet during the children’s nap time to reflect upon the decisions that I was making...

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Building on Solid Ground

The school I went to in London was a private school that used American curriculum taught by mostly American teachers to what were mostly American students. The school was conceived so that American diplomats, executives and the like, stationed in London, could send their kids to a place they would...

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Abundant Stars

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 ESV   I recently returned from a...

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Music Memories

Several years ago a long time active member of our church, who has since passed away Eileen Yates (Mom to Dexter Yates) came to me and said she had attended a seminar on how singing to patients in nursing homes helped their overall wellbeing, and in some cases even reached...

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The Rest of the Story…

Last month, Erica Waterman’s sermon was on Esther and she did a masterful job of bringing the story of Esther to life. Esther was an orphan, raised by her cousin Mordecai, a Jew, during the reign of King Xerxes (approximately 400BC). King Xerxes became enraged at his queen, Vashti, and...

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Eclectic Gifts

I am an Eclectic. Webster’s defines “eclectic” as “a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.” Yup, that’s me. It took me a long time to become comfortable with owning that, though. When I was younger, I saw myself as uncoordinated, an...

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Dogtor Please – Again!

  Do any of you remember the song “Coconut” written by Harry Nilsson? Okay, so I’m dating myself because it came out in the early 70s when I was going to high school. It’s about a boy and his sister who decide to create a clever drink of lime and...

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