Too much brown, not enough green

My last blog reminded us of Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication of SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER. While he had been only a 42% correct groundhog...this year's prediction his average is improving. And so we wait... we wait for SPRING when all things begin to grow and the BROWN landscape we are enduring today becomes the GREEN of new growth tomorrow, the arrival of SPRING and when new life surrounds us. But... not yet! Slow down, we are still in the waiting period. Actually, we are ending week SEVEN of the SIX more weeks of winter. Unexpected delay in spring's arrival. Bummer. And yet... we wait and we are patient because we know... SPRING is coming. Not this week, maybe not next week... but soon.

Acts of Kindness

Gandalf: "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012. Part of being on a Tolkien kick is also taking in the Peter Jackson movies that are based on the books. Jackson was fairly faithful to the books in his adaptions of the Tolkien stories. However, the above quote was purely Hollywood. It was not in the book and simply an addition to the screen play of the movies. In the movie, Gandalf is a wise wizard leading a group of dwarves on a quest to regain their kingdom that was

Thank you, Mom

As an adolescent, I spent many summer hours wandering the woodlands bordering the fields and rolling grasslands of our family farm in southern Nebraska. Instead of of lego bricks, I had a pile of used lumber and a vivid imagination for the latest and greatest in new treehouses. I didn’t have many playmates, but I had freedom and a community of farmsteads to roam. My community was known locally as “Spring Valley”, and included a country church and a one-room country school with about 25 students in grades K-8 when I attended there. Spring Valley was where my Mom and Dad grew up, met, and married, and where they eventually made their home on the family farm. The valley was also home to tw

Anger Management

Anger, it seems, has spread like a virus. Its effects can be heard from the bombed out buildings in Syria, to the classrooms in Florida, and even on Main Street here in Indiana. Angry words are spit out at adversaries, only to be hurled back upon the sender. What follows is often angry actions, violent actions, even death. The newspapers and nightly news are filled with reports of anger and hostilities. It is much easier to give in to anger, and angry words, and angry actions, rather than struggle through the often-messy process of finding middle ground, finding a way through, searching for another way toward peace. Many times, as when anger results in the taking of another's life, no amount

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