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If the story of my life were made into a movie, other than ticket sales, the big problem would be which genre to classify it as.  Living it feels like a comedy but sometimes it veers off into melodrama.  Animated short feature wouldn’t work unless Chase was drawing it.  Action adventure would be an overstatement because I don’t usually have high-speed car chases on the way too Starbucks.  Documentary sounds so boring but at least we’re getting closer. There are a few other problems besides what kind of film it

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The Easter Story

I believe in the power of stories – it’s why I write.  The last few years at church on Easter I’ve been disappointed when the most powerful story of all time has not been read.  Reference is made to it – but the actual story, in the simplest of terms, hasn’t been shared. Not wanting it forgotten I read a very simple version to my kids and every year something different stands out.   This year, I thought about all the ways the message of the Gospel is so easily buried

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Bullies Don’t Win

I worried about bullying before either one of my boys stepped on a school campus. Just leaving them in the nursery at church was a stretch for me. My girlfriends worried about their kids too so only the more confident parents labeled me neurotic. This was over ten years ago when bullying wasn’t considered an epidemic. Of course autism hadn’t hit the radar back then like it has now either. I knew my kiddos were different as toddlers, but I didn’t know what to call it. I did know, however,

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Penny Rich

I found these two coins on my prayer walk this morning. I was listening to a teaching from Revelation 2.  The teacher was encouraging his listeners to remember that no matter how poor in spirit we might feel we are rich.  We must remain faithful even through our sorrows knowing they are only temporary. In God’s perfect time we will receive the crown of life! In ancient days coins bore the image of a crowned Roman emperor so I thought these finds illustrated his point in a timely way!  Maybe this reminder is one you

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Shop ‘Til You Smile

It’s Sunday which means I’m going to run into my friend Kris at Safeway. She’ll have her list, I’ll have mine, and with a hint of sarcasm we’ll greet each other with, “Here we are again.” When we see each other at Starbucks we’re always in a better mood knowing that soon caffeine will cure all that ails us. Run into each other on the produce aisle and we’re both a little cranky. Our joke is that we wouldn’t ever see each other, if our pantries didn’t need stocking. This

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Autistic Dogs: Just Say No!

The dog is driving me nuts. Not the good kind of nuts like macadamias which bring to mind a sandy shore and Mai Tai’s. Nuts as in crazy and a vacation from the dog is what I would like. With this admission I know some are shocked. A year ago it was nothing but puppy love at our house because Buddy (aka B2) was very cute and cuddly. Back then he floated like a butterfly so now how could he possibly sting like a bee? The simplest way to describe

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Waiting for Baby

Like it was yesterday, I remember that seventeen years ago I was waiting for “Baby Luke” to make his arrival in this world and he was taking his time about it! My doctor had calculated a St. Patrick’s Day arrival so the date easily stuck in people’s minds. A week beforehand he’d told me to finish getting ready. I was right on schedule. I went home, looked at the nesting list, and hit it hard. You know important stuff like making sure the dust accumulation on top of every light

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Daylight Saving

Changing the clocks in my house is no small task when Daylight Savings rolls around.  I could blame the lengthy effort on a big house but the real issue is that I’m a clock watcher.  I don’t like admitting that between watches and clocks today, I set 28 different time keepers.  To put that shocking number in perspective four of the clocks are timers on things like thermostats and ovens. Others are alarm clocks in bedrooms and several are decorative.  One is an antique.  Ten are watches and most of those were gifts. It’s been

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Repair Men

There’s been a conspiracy underfoot amongst everything mechanical in my home for a year now.  The siege began with gunshots in the middle of the night.  I looked outside for the trouble but all was quiet.  In the morning, while making breakfast, I launched a pancake mid-flip when the shots rang out again.  Fully awake, I recognized they were coming through the chimney which sits over central command (the basement) in our house.  I flew downstairs to investigate but could see no sign of foul play.  The HVAC people came and found nothing either but the

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Bring Me That Horizon!

I have a love hate relationship with skiing.  Every winter when the white gold Colorado is famous for blankets the slopes, I question my paradoxical feelings.  The boys start getting excited but I feel dread.  Before you know it though, we’re geared up and off we go. One of the issues is the gear.  I can’t think of any other sport that demands so much stuff.  Football players have a lot of equipment but they don’t bind things onto their feet or carry poles.  Packing up takes a lot of effort.  With two teenagers, who would forget

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