Autumn Skies

Autumn surprises us with glorious, amazing sunsets. God has given us the pleasure of seeing these beautiful sunsets with the joy of knowing a new day is coming. Autumn will soon turn into the cold days of winter. Still, the anticipation of cold frosty mornings with winter blue skies...

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Fear and Anxiety, Ghosts and Ghouls!

“Writing is a form of therapy: sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in a human situation.”   Graham Greene  October, and again we have the pleasure of frightening ourselves...

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Autumn Comfort

Genesis 8:22 (Revised Standard)  While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.  Psalm 104:19 (Revised Standard) Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. AUTUMN IS HERE! As I write...

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Transitions: From Yesterday to Tomorrow!

“Look, the trees are turning,” she said, glancing out the picture window toward the New Hampshire woods, and everything in me wanted to cry out: Not yet! Too soon! September marks the beginning of the new year. The children are back at school, anxious or excited, happy with their...

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“Eating Worms”or Gardening with Gratitude!

By Sophy Burnham ——–While working in the garden, I began to muse on how humans are the only animals (at least that we know of) who can live in both past and future. True an earthworm has a one-second precognitive response before it’s cut in two , and to...

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Healing Arrogance and Criticism for Creativity!

There is a saying in the 12-step Alcoholic Anonymous program that “You will not regret the past, nor wish to close the door on it.” And mostly this is true, except when I find myself awake in the darkest hours of a morning night defenseless against the Inner Judge...

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If You Get Lost in Life!

If you get lost in life, put your ear to the ground and listen to its pounding heart.                                     Old Sami saying As I write this one cold and windy March, I find myself longing for April springtime, with the flowers blooming yellow, pink, and blue against green...

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Love and Joy: God Speaks to us

The month of March is said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb, and as I write this, longing for lambs and warmth, the temperature with wind-chill here in the mid-Atlantic hovers in the low double digits, expecting yet more snow and the same dreary,...

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Hanging Pots of Clover!

A couple of nights ago I had this interesting dream of a couple of hanging pots with beautiful clover (or Shamrocks) trailing over the edge of each pot. The stems of each clover were connected to each other, with several of them being being next to each other. This...

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Extra Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies have extra peanut butter with the chips added in with the nuts. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter 2...

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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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