Category Archives: War

The19th Anniversary of 9/11/2001

In these contentious political days, when rioters have toppled historical monuments in cities all across America, it is imperative to say a word about history. As individuals, we bring our baggage to the understanding of the world and its history. … Continue reading

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Tears in Church

All of my adult life, I have had trouble with crying.  When you cry in front of people who do not know you well, it is often alarming to them, and an embarrassment to you. I am writing this on … Continue reading

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Pray For A Eucatastrophe

Some time ago I wrote a blog post about the friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. On my book page I wrote this: To cut to the chase, let me suggest a book that seems perfectly tailored for reading … Continue reading

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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.

Like many of us, I answer to a variety of names depending on who is calling: My eldest brother has called me Hornet since I was a young girl and sported a sweatshirt with my elementary school mascot. My Mom … 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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