Learn to look.

James (Jan. ‘18) adds, “Observation is an important educational tool. “

THE ACCIDENT

(Part 1 of 4) I put my head into my hands and began working to control my breathing and my emotions.   We were lucky, the Jeep air bags did not deploy.  However, the pickup that hit us didn’t fare so well. The entire passenger side of the truck was scored by our Jeep’s front bumper, […]

DÉJÀ VU?

Holy cow! I lived a bit of Frances’s comments about spinning her tires that came with the January Mid-month Ninepatch. Here’s what she said: “Ever spin your tires in mud, sinking sand or snow, unable to get traction?     Frustrating, right?  You work and work. Sometimes you are lucky and grab a toehold. Other times […]

A WINTER WALK NEAR MY MOUNTAIN HOME

Yesterday morning had the most beautiful deep, deep blue sky I have seen in quite some time. I headed out for a walk. The frozen pond was covered with white snow powder blown about by the wind. The snow resembled sand after a creek or river goes down after a heavy rain. I shuffled in […]

THE POLAR VORTEX

Editor’s note: Many weathermen described the Polar Vortex, (the recent extreme cold which visited the Midwest and East) as a once-in-a- generation event. Following are comments and stories of our readers Polar Vortex experiences. Dottie (Feb.19) writes, “The weather has been rough but I was only stuck inside one day.  Went to play Pickleball one day […]

Unhappy errors

Unhappy errors may precede happy results. James (Jan. ‘19) adds, “Learning the way is rewarded by knowing the way.”

ISRAEL: OUR VISIT TO BETHLEHEM

(Conclusion) Previously: Linda, her husband and tour group visit Israel and find Bethlehem a city of complexity and concern. Fortunately, the wrecked cars along the road didn’t mean anything to our tour that day. The new Palestinian guide took us to the Church of the Nativity. The church was quite elaborate -it’s impossible to describe […]

EXPLORING

(Conclusion) Back toward the end of May 2018 I took a walk. The day was chilly and rainy with thick fog moving like a cloud bank off a stormy lake or ocean. I felt like exploring so I took one of the outdoor kitties and we walked over to a neighbor’s back pasture. I hoped […]

MY SPINNING BRAIN

I walk home feeling like my brain is jammed in neutral. The same thoughts keep running though my head –thoughts about family and friends. I have hurts and fears of disappointing or letting down those people God has placed around me. It’s like a record player inside my brain and it is repeating songs over […]

I LIKE RECIPES

For Christmas, my Ohio daughter gave me a 29-page paperback, Family Favorites Gubernatorial Edition cookbook. It is written by wives of the governor and lieutenant governor of Ohio: Fran DeWine and Tina Husted, respectively. Following is a recipe from, Tina’s mother you might enjoy: “Diana’s Italian Soup Recipe INGREDIENTS: 1lb.roll of Bob Evans Italian Sausage,1-2 […]