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  • NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE

                                    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.                               … Continue reading

  • AN ENEMY …

    Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you … Do to others as you would have herm do to you.                   … Continue reading

  • TREASURED TRADITIONS

    This month, for the thirtieth year, three generations of Sharpes will make our annual pilgrimage to Isle O’ Dreams Lodge on Bad Axe Lake.  No, it is not a suburb of Lake Wobegon, a figment of Garrison Keillor’s fertile imagination, … Continue reading

  • THE GIFT OF A DANDELION

    Four year old Olivia hid behind her mother’s legs, stretching out her arm to me, holding a bright yellow dandelion.  I commented on how beautiful it was and her mother told me, “It’s for you.”  “Thank you so much,” I … Continue reading

  • LET FREEDOM RING!

    “You’re not the boss of me!”  Can’t you just see it?  A sturdy, intense three year old, fists firmly planted on hips, defiant face thrust forward, delivering a personal declaration of independence.  Cute, isn’t it?  Perhaps cuter at 3 than … Continue reading

  • FAMILY VACATIONS

    Before you exclaim, “Family vacations?  Who has time for that?,” stop just one minute and let’s think about what constitutes a family vacation.  It might be that dream trip to Alaska or Florida or London, but it might be something … Continue reading

  • SUMMER LEARNING

    Start with God – the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s … Continue reading

  • GRADUATION

    This is the season for graduations, everything from pre-school to graduate school.  Families spread the word, dress up, sit attentively, take pictures, applaud proudly, throw parties, … and pass the tissues.  What’s going on?  Let’s look at high school graduates … Continue reading

  • NOT ALL RED TULIPS: CELEBRATING THE UNIQUE

    For it was you who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.                I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.                                                                                                          Psalm 139:12-14 After … Continue reading

  • SIMPLIFY … for Jesus’ Sake

    Simplify, simplify, simplify.                                                                                                 Henry David Thoreau, Walden I normally begin this column with scripture.  Trust me, I haven’t lost the distinction between Thoreau and Jesus, but this seems like such an important antidote to the “too much stuff” of … Continue reading