Monthly Archives: July 2010

It Was 1970 Something

For the last 28 years, I have spent every working day surrounded by teenagers–teaching them, learning from them, observing them, enjoying them, and yes, occasionally even complaining about them.  In some ways, I think they have accelerated my aging process … Continue reading

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The Power of a Kind Word

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” So said Mother Teresa, an Indian missionary known for her own world-changing goodness.  I know she was right, and yet I find myself struggling sometimes … Continue reading

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This Place: Part II

When I first moved to this area, I was so discouraged by how different it was from where I had grown up that I failed to see what a wonderful place it actually was.  Two years after that initial move, the Water Patrol decided to … Continue reading

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This Place: Part I

In June of 1981 my husband-to-be, who had just graduated from the Water Patrol Academy, was stationed on Bull Shoals Lake and was told to find a place to live in the Pontiac area.  We were both from “swampeast” Missouri–Poplar Bluff, … Continue reading

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If you were hoping to read a tearful confession about my addiction to demon alcohol, then I’m sorry to disappoint you–no such addiction exists.  And if you were afraid to read a gut-wrenching admission that I have succumbed to the … Continue reading

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