Ode to Winter (A Poem by Emma Lyon)


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I came across this poem, as I sit and look out the window at winter’s chilly breath. I thought it went well with the sentiments I expressed in yesterday’s post. I hope you enjoy it! The poet is Emma Lyon and the source is listed beneath the poem.

Ode to Winter

When Winter’s silver mantle spreads the ground,

And robes fair nature in her vestment pale,

My wand’ring eyes gaze o’er the chilling round,

As sad I listen to the plaintive wail

Of airy songsters, while aloft they soar,

And with fleet wings etherial tracks explore. Read the rest of this entry »


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Lent has Lentened . . . Eh, Arrived! (But What Does it Really Mean?)


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As you know, yesterday was the beginning of Lent. I remember a former professor of mine, Dr. Calvin Miller, said he always loved the spirit of the Lenten season. Yet, he was never quite sure, early in his life, what lent actually meant. He said for a while there, he just assumed it had some deep and beautiful theological meaning to it.

Until one day, his curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to look it up. To his chagrin, he found it simply means spring. The term comes from Old and Middle English and carries the idea of a lengthening (as in days). That is to say, springtime is when the days begin to lengthen and the daylight is longer than the cold, dark winter months. Read the rest of this entry »


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When All Else Fails . . . Run for the Hills!


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I recently began a winter bible study at my local church. Last year, I led them through the letter of Colossians. This year the suggested book was Deuteronomy. Yes, I know, I know, when many here the D word they either find a flimsy excuse to exit stage right or they suddenly contract some sort of ancient fainting disease, which exhibits long blank stares, drooling at the corners of the mouth, shortly before causing a violent (and reportedly uncontrollable) plop of the head down to the nearest flat surface. Inevitably, snoring ensues and the culprit (eh, victim?) finds a nice, long rested sleep.

Well, Deuteronomy isn’t all that bad, right? I mean, if you can learn to spell it that’s half the battle! Read the rest of this entry »


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Another Year Older and Deeper in . . .


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A few nights ago, I was applying some lotion to my hands. I personally have always detested the way lotion feels on my hands. I have seldom used lotion for that reason. However, my hands have been very dry the past few months, forcing me to apply the oily remedy.

As I was rubbing the lotion into my hands, my now five-year old daughter, who was standing beside me, ever attentive to my every movement, asked, Daddy, why are you putting lotion on your hands? I replied in a matter-of-fact way, Because sweetheart, my hands are dry. She stood there for a second or two, still observing me rubbing my hands together (yes, I make sure it is completely rubbed in before I finish!) and said in her matter-of-fact way, No Daddy, it’s because you are old! Read the rest of this entry »


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Reflections on a Yuletide Refrain (A Poem)


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Peace on earth, good will to men?

Where? When?

Mock us not O God, with the cries of a helpless, manger-born infant

What good is he amongst the travails and evils of this life?

For we do not need a child:

We need a Warrior! We need a King! We need a Strong Man! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Christmas, Creative Writing, Holidays


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Intestinal Decision Making . . . What Could Possibly Go Wrong? What Does Your Gut Tell You?!


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When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

Ah, the proverbial gut feeling. I guess we can say gut feelings are like elbows and opinions−everyone has them. They are this instinctual feeling that pervades a moment with either the All Clear signal or the Danger, Danger warning. But, how accurate is this innate evaluator of circumstances and purveyor of quick, just go with it decisions?

I ran across a website that listed five instances you should not ignore. Here are the five: 1. Something feels wrong in my body. 2. I’m in danger. 3. I want to help. 4. I know how to do this. 5. This is it! Read the rest of this entry »


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Ode to an Avalanche . . .

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You were caught in an avalanche. To be rescued, you need to make it through the night. What thought(s) would give you the strength to go through such a scary, dangerous situation?

Soft powder,

Like bits of cloud

swirl in my turbulent air. Read the rest of this entry »


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