Category Archives: War

Freedom Is Not Free

July 4, 2019 About 18 months ago I asked my Facebook friends and family how many were themselves a veteran or active duty member of the military and how many had family members who were. Of the seventeen people who … Continue reading

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2018 Memorial Day – Military Funerals – Call to Action

Cut to the chase – I want you to read this post, and I want you to share it as widely as possible. This is a call to action! Memorial Day is this coming Monday, and it is a time … Continue reading

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Take Two — A Bit of an Edge

My husband has yielded to my twisting of his arm — and you are my witnesses.  I am laying aside some other projects for the time being, as I have coerced my Navy Veteran husband to share some of his … Continue reading

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Lost in Stalingrad

A short preface to my poem.  This morning I was contacted by my seminary friend Mindy H,  asking me if I would share a poem I wrote many years ago.  This was originally published in 1981 in The Wittenberg Review … Continue reading

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Names and Life are Weird. So is the Author.

Since so few people read the  About the Author page I am going to pretend, just this once, that it is a regular blog post  — on the off-chance I can lure you to read about the author here. Like … Continue reading

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Wounds and Sin

Our bodies carry our wounds. Some of them are painful reminders of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or of taking our eyes off the road. Some are sacred wounds that remind us of a blessing that … Continue reading

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The Fear of Dying and The Tools for Battle: Kumbaya – 2.0

On July 2, 2017, I wrote an article called Kumbaya in response to an assertion that priests and pastors are leaving the church in droves and beautiful church buildings, rich in symbol and story, are having to close up and … Continue reading

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Shall We Be Polite or Shall We Fight?

If you have siblings, no doubt you have been told by your parents or grandparents to play nice and get along. My grandmother, whom we called Nana, used to say to my older brothers: “Now boys, it is too nice … Continue reading

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Thanking God For Their Lives

The year is 2017, and this is Memorial Day weekend.  For some, this may mean a Monday off work, a barbecue with friends,  a get-away weekend, and perhaps maybe even flag flying.  For many, this day blends right in with … Continue reading

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An Insider’s View of Depression, Anxiety, Thoughts of Suicide, and Traveling the Road

Dear Friends and Readers of When the River Won’t Flow, Twice before I have posted something written by others. Today I want to share a very special piece written by a dear friend of mine, who has remained my friend … Continue reading

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