Tag: help

  • Gone in a Flash

    Gone in a Flash

      When the neighbors moved in next door, the very first thing I asked was that they keep their Great Dane on the north side of the house. Their Great Dane is huge. I worried about their dog tearing up the new privacy fence Tim[..]
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  • Choosing the Simple Way

    Choosing the Simple Way

    I've had a good life, and was born to and among people I've admired and loved. - Wendell Berry   I happened upon this gravestone at a church yard in Tennessee recently. I was there to pay my respects to a beloved uncle who had[..]
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  • Don’t Give Up

    Don’t Give Up

    My daughter Shelby thanked me for providing her with a sheltered and mostly joyous childhood. She was prompted to do so shortly after I shared my latest dream with her. The dream came to me in a dozing stage, that early sleep when you are[..]
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  • Make Good Flourish

    Make Good Flourish

    [caption id="attachment_3846" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption]   Church was hard today. I woke this morning with a prayer on my mind, or maybe praying outright. Who can know for sure when one is woken? It was a prayer for Pastor Ken and his[..]
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  • Pitch in $10

    Pitch in $10

    If you have been reading the news out of #ALEPPO and feeling despair over the state of the world and the slaughter of those sweet people, please jump over to Preemptive Love. I'm running a fundraiser to help with the refugee crisis. The goal is[..]
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  • In Lieu of Google

    In Lieu of Google

    The lady ringing up the items was hunched over. It was difficult to tell if she was that way because she was tired or because of her age. Or maybe both. Her name was Peggy. It said so right there in that place near a[..]
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  • Saving Chickens: Part Two, 2015

    Saving Chickens: Part Two, 2015

    Editor's Note: I saved a chicken once. Back in 2009. See yesterday's post. This is a story about how I tried to save another one but failed. As it turns out, not every chicken seeks salvation. Some will turn tail and run from it. I[..]
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  • Mothers & Mental Illness

    Mothers & Mental Illness

      My childhood girlfriend was institutionalized following the birth of her first-born. Here she was, ten years later, in the third-trimester of her second pregnancy, talking out of her head again. We were having one of our catch-up phone calls. She from her home in[..]
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  • A Ministry Born of Pain

    A Ministry Born of Pain

        It’s Miz Shelby here again. I’m guest posting today from Guatemala City, where I’m on a trip with World Vision. Come back all week for more updates from this adventure in Guatemala. I called him. I’d been meaning to do that all weekend. It was[..]
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