orchids ’21

There has been a greenhouse in Mr. L’s garden every place we’ve ever lived. And, in that greenhouse there are always orchids of one variety or another. Right now he has several rather spectacular specimens I’d like to feature here:

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words to live by

Grace and peace on this terrific Tuesday Dear Hearts I love this verse (Matthew 6:26) but today my thoughts are centered on the words of Jesus as translated by English Bible scholar, translator, author and clergyman J. B. Phillips: “That is why I say to you, don’t worry about living—wondering what you are going to…

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older n’ wiser?

or Too soon old and too late smart! Here are some wise words from an elder in God’s community that struck me right between the eyes this morning: Growing old, like taxes, is a fact we all must face. Now, you’re not going to get me to declare when growing up stops and growing old starts—not on your life!…

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4 real french dip

Around here we’re really fond of the traditional “French Dip” sandwich. Most good diners have one on the menu. The French Dip is easy to find when diners are open, quarantine is not in force and social distancing isn’t a thing. So…we haven’t had a good French Dip sandwich for more than a year. This…

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romantic dinner 4 two

The menu for dinner tonight is an artichoke, shrimp, a glass of wine, and the two of us. Simple but elegant in its own way. Cheers!! Prep is simple too. Artichokes: Buy the freshest (tightest) globes available. Trim away leaf points, tops and stems. Place stem end down in your pressure cooker or instant pot.…

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a spirit of heaviness

Grace and peace on your Monday Dear Hearts Today let’s address the “spirit of heaviness” so many have been dealing with lately, myself included. In 700 BC the prophet Isaiah penned these words foretelling the Good News of Salvation: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,Because the Lord has anointed MeTo preach good…

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famine

Grace and peace on this mid-April Monday Dear Hearts . Today I’ve been thinking about what the Lord has commanded us to do and to be. I believe there is wisdom in Apostle Paul’s words, spoken in city of Antioch, toward the end of his missionary travels. Famine! The word hangs like an awful omen…

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getting lost

Grace and peace on this Lord’s Day Dear Hearts Today I want to share a few thoughts about getting lost in the quagmire of current circumstances: “It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” Horace Greeley FROM A TEACHER: Yesterday, I shut down class…

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a new white rose

The latest showpiece in our garden is this exquisite white hybrid tea rose. We’ve tried pure white roses before. Most have been rather ho-hum. This one promises a better showing and more substance. Never mind that it was a big-box store special a couple of years back, and I’ve misplaced the label so I can’t…

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the “I” syndrome

I want to be the best Christian I can, so I strive to obey the law — “But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t…

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