Faith of Our Fathers…and our Presidents

“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”  George Washington. The painting accompanying this article hangs in my church during the winter months and was...

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Valentine Music

Psalm 150: 3-6 (NIV)  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with  timbrel and dancing,  praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals,  praise him with resounding  cymbals. Let everything that has breath...

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Praying for the Dark Side!

In dark December, when everyone was talking about harking to angels, and the birth of the Baby and the return of the Light, the Atlantic Monthly published a story about demonic possession. (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arcive/2018/23/catholic-exorcisms-on-the-rise/573943.) An acquaintance made sure I saw it: “I know you write about angels,” he wrote. “What...

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Looking for the Light of Love!

Not long ago a Canadian wrote me about a mysterious encounter he’d had with a homeless man, Helmut, who always carried in his shopping bags spiritual books, herbs, treats and notebooks, and you could imagine that many people thought this ragged man was probably a little crazy. But Helmut...

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Looking for Angel Letters!

This is the season for harkening to angel songs, believing—even joyfully—the warmth, comfort, healing and optimism offered by the angels, the sense that everything is goingto be all right, and that with all our doubts, inadequacies and fears we, too, are all right. We are perfect just the way...

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Thanksgiving Thoughts from Sophy!

It is Thanksgiving week, and I am late with offering my few words before the T-Day feast of gladness that we are called to, because in the last weeks it feels as if all I’ve done is attend memorial services (three in three days; others earlier). Each service took...

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Holiday New Orleans Spinach!

2 pkg. Frozen chopped spinach 1 large pkg. Cream cheese (8 oz.) 1 stick of margarine, divided in half grated rind of one lemon Pepperidge Farm dressing crumbs (herb seasoned) Blend cream cheese, ¼ stick of margarine and lemon rind.  Cook spinach according to directions.  Drain well. Squeeze out...

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Strange Intuitions: Spirits and Ghosts

   Every October, with its falling leaves and brilliant colors, I’m reminded of my father’s death: October 30 the night before Halloween. My mother had died three years earlier, leaving our father, stroke-ridden, in our house. What was curious, whenever I visited Daddy, I could feel my mother in...

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October Wind

Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. An opal is an amazing stone of iridescent colors. It can pick up the colors around it. Just like October, there is an array of vibrant colors surrounding us. Red, yellow, orange, rust, gold, and green cover the hillsides...

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Freedom of Choice and The Two Wolves

   How quickly my opinions change. One moment I am sneering at Michael Cohen, the President’s long-time lawyer and fixer, a hired hand whom we see dipping his fingers in the milk of corruption, sipping from a bowl that is growing larger and larger as he sits before it...

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Wisdom, Rubies, and the Female Principle!

Perhaps because of my name and its derivation (philo-sophy: the love of wisdom), I have a special relationship with wisdom. I remember when I was a teenager that my prayer — with heart-yearning anguish — was “To Understand.” “Understand what?” someone might have asked, had I opened the secret...

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Celebrate Liberty!

          Proverbs 2:6 (NIV)  For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  For the United States of America, Independence Day, July 4th, is a family celebration.There are bar-b-ques, picnics, parades, and fireworks.  From small town USA to New York’s Macy’s and Washington D.C.’s spectacular fireworks...

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Summer Savers!

There are definitely “summer savers” that restore our hearts, minds, and bodies. These are places such as the beach, the mountains, another village or town with friends or family, and new opportunities for learning and sharing. I have discovered that each time I travel or experience one of these,...

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Janine’s Interview with Sophy Burnham!

Sophy Burnham is the author of “A Book of Angels”, “The Art of Intuition”, “The Path of Prayer”, “For Writer’s Only”, “Falling Lovestruck”: The God Poems, “Love Melba”, and many more!! Janine: What inspired as well as motivated you (Sophy) to become a writer? What  “spoke” to your heart...

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Flying HIgh

John 3: 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. (NIV) As the March winds approach, it brings fond memories of childhood. Running freely with...

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Bits and Pieces

Lou is my very dear, elderly friend who is almost like a second mother to me.  She is now 88 years old and still very active.  Her husband had a military career as an Air Force Master Sergeant, and they have lived in more states than I have room...

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Easy Chocolate Strawberries

These are super easy and a quick special dessert for Valentine’s Day. Ingredients: Fresh Strawberries (make sure they have the leaves, for holding) Dipping Chocolate (it comes in a microwaveable container) various toppings: nuts, toffee, chocolate chips Directions: Lay out the strawberries on a cookie sheet with parchment or...

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Making Memories!

When I automatically set the table for dinner, it never occurs to me that I have to prepare not only the “plate” upon which the food is placed but that I am actually creating the environment in which eating together makes memories. Which is to say that how and...

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Beautiful Christmas Eve

“For unto us a child is born. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (King James) In December of 2007, the Knoxville Choral Society had the opportunity to travel to Israel. The concert tour was entitled: “Prepare the...

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A Christmas Past

This month I defer to another author, Vanessa, from “At The Picket Fence” blog.  I confess that I avoided blogs for several years, unsure if I actually wanted to spend any of my precious (and rare) spare time there.  I finally decided that I would limit myself to two blogs,...

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Crunchy Frostbite Cookies

These are a great light cookie for the winter, it works as a gift or just to have around the house. Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup shortening 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed light...

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