Can I Get an Amen?

It's back to school time in my neck of the woods. Hooray! I've had a great summer and I'm ready to head back to the classroom. So in the spirit of the new school year, I thought I'd give everyone a little vocabulary lesson that just might give you a whole new outlook on the... Continue Reading →

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When Wrestling is Easier than Resting

"Tomorrow's bridge is a dangerous thing; I dare not cross it now. I can see its timbers sway and sing, and its arches reel and bow. O heart, you must hope alway; You must sing and trust and say: 'I'll bear the sorrow that comes tomorrow, But I'll borrow none today.'"ยน   An idealistic little... Continue Reading →

Heaven: My Five Favorite Quotes

I don't know about you, but Heaven is sounding better every day! Today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite quotes about our real home.   "Shall we stop at the poor line, the grave, which all our Christianity is always trying to wipe out and make nothing of, and which we always insist... Continue Reading →

What Does it Take to Bloom?

My oleander bush won't bloom. Everyone else's oleander bushes have a riot of magenta blossoms covering the dark, glossy leaves. I just have dark glossy leaves. Which are quite beautiful in their own right; however, if one owns an oleander, one wants the oleander to bloom. I have pruned my oleander. I have watered my... Continue Reading →

Go Ahead. Give up.

For me, it happened gradually, like an oak tree losing its leaves in autumn. Sometimes one at a time, floating silently to the ground when the final thread of stem at last gave way; sometimes whole clumps, torn violently by an icy wind and hurled to the frozen ground. It took a long time for... Continue Reading →

A Long Patience

My students and I recently studied William Wordsworth's poem, "A Sketch," which describes a man "....to whom Long patience hath such mild composure given That patience now doth seem a thing of which He hath no need." The words "long patience" caught my attention, because I don't know about you, but it seems I've had... Continue Reading →

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