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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Ever Present

Monday, when I flipped the calendar to the weeks’ schedule my heart skipped a beat but not with excitement over Valentine’s Day.  After being out of town, re-orienting to the needs at home had me feeling weary on the spot.  The week would start with high school visits to observe programs for Chase and end with his triennial IEP.  In English, this is Morse code for an “Individual Education Plan” built around results from more tests than an evil biology teacher would give. Chase is the one who deserves a word of encouragement

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A Penny Voice

Sometimes a penny presents a quandary.  As a rule, pennies in a fountain no matter how enticing they might be are off-limits.  They’re someone’s wish penny and I don’t want to interfere with destiny.  Pennies under a Salvation Army kettle are a good deed misplaced and the responsibility of the bell ringer.  A penny in front of a homeless man is a hard find. Tonight out walking downtown I spotted two pennies in front of a gentleman selling, “The Voice” Denver’s newspaper that creates job opportunities for the impoverished.  I’d

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Penny Mad

It had been building for days but after the New Year’s Day sermon on “Resolutions”, the dam broke. The message wasn’t about resolutions it was about not being hypocritical so I guess that was the tipping point. After walking out of church the minute we got in the car Luke announces, “Okay if we’re going to be honest it’s my turn.”  Like any mother of a teenager I prepared myself for some horrible admission.  Luke leads a pretty simple life so this was an overreaction on my part but we all know

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