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    Journeys

    Unexpected Christmas

    Why would He do it? The God of the Universe coming to His creation in such an unusual way? Helpless. Dependent. Into the most humble surroundings imaginable – a stable. Can you imagine the smells, the sounds? No running water…giving birth in such a place. I grew up on a farm, so I can! Why would God choose that? God…

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    The Season

    Andy Williams was singing the classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...” As I walked through the grocery store a short time ago, I heard it, immediately followed by Mel Torme. It was so strange… Here I was, picking up some random things to have at home (technically I’m on vacation now). It was almost as if I…

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    Journeys,  Poetry

    Reminiscent Joy

    Music of the Masters streams through my living room, Memories of days gone by harmonize with their melodies, Fragrant and pungent as the pinon wood burning nearby. Rather than leaving ashes, these thoughts bring joy, hope and restoration. Blessings too numerous to count, stacked in random order, Creating a mosaic that is beautiful in my mind’s eye. Kindness, love and…

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    So Grateful

    Our country is a little anxious just now. There are factions, divisions, suspicion, grief… Do you know there is a common thread to all of this? There is a master manipulator who is not a person. Call him what you like, Lucifer, Nimrod, Satan, the King of Tyre – it matters not. His modus operandi have very specific hallmarks. I…

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    Timing Perfecto

    It has been a strange year. I think most people will be in agreement with that statement. Now, as we approach the holidays, what’s next? It feels like there may be another surprise. Will it be welcome? I simply do not know. So as all of us have had our ups and down this year, here is something wonderful that…

  • Recipes

    Hungarian Goulash

    This is a favorite recipe from my childhood – oh, and wait – and my adulthood! You can make this in a Dutch Oven, or my preference, in a slow cooker. That way I can smell it all day. Enjoy!   Ingredients: 2 lbs. stewing beef, cut into cubes 1 cup sliced onion 3/4 cup ketchup 1 tsp cider vinegar…