Category Archives: creativity

Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Monotony

  Monotony has become a fixture around here. I had been told to be on alert for it, but it seems like I’ve got to learn for myself. With any chronic illness there can be something tedious and routine about … Continue reading

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Barrels of Monkeys

“My problems go from bad to worse.     Oh, save me from them all!” Psalm 25:17 If you are over 40 or so, you would’ve known about this simple toy. Today, a little girl came up to me to show me her … Continue reading

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The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put … Continue reading

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Quirky Latin Phrases– Thin Humor

You just never know when your ability to speak Latin might come in handy.  These will pretty much impress your friends. And they certainly are more useful then learning to speak “Klingon” (which is pretty much restricted to “Star Trek” conventions. Thank God.) Phrases … Continue reading

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The God of Coincidences

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” 1 Corinthians 15:25 In the spring of 1995, I was taking my family across the border into Mexico to live. All we owned was what we … Continue reading

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“Fool’s Wisdom”–Malcolm & Alwyn, 1973

Alwyn Wall, Jano Wall and Tom Hooper at Calvary Chapel Melbourne, Florida, playing “Fool’s Wisdom.” Malcolm and Alwyn were a popular British gospel beat music group in the 1970s. They played Beatles-influenced rock music with lyrics reflecting their conversion to … Continue reading

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