Be on the lookout for bur oak and paw paw trees
We have been very patient for spring. Winter has been slow to recede. Snow keeps showing up in forecasts and on the ground. Night temperatures continue to drop below freezing.
Family tree can shed light on health risks
The last thing I needed was another project. I grew irritated, even, at what I complained was “too much busywork” for a pass-fail clinical class.
Old reliable phone replaced with a very smart phone
For months, it had nestled there in the pocket on the back. Upstairs and down, wherever The Girl went, it had gone as well. To the back room, doing laundry. To the coffee shop, writing the column. To the office, typing reports. To the grocery store, restocking the larder. There, too, went the Pearly Pink Phone.
Learning from the courageous women of biblical times
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see upon the birth stool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
— Exodus 1:15-21, New
American Standard Bible
Temperature fluctuations good for maple syrup production
With temperatures trying their best to be uncooperative this spring, it is by no means curtailing activities behind the scenes.
GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Criss cross applesauce senators, it’s time for simplicity
Sitting in the back of the room, I heard her say it. “Criss cross. On your bottoms!”
Being a student, instead of a teacher, is challenging
It is humbling to be a college student at age 41. I am, certainly, excited to learn new ideas and skills, and I have no problem with submitting myself to professors or processes or institutions. No authority issues or anything. But when you’ve “been” the teacher for so many years in so many settings, it can feel a little, well, multiple-personalities-disorder-ish to remember which I am in any given moment — student or teacher?
THE PLAIN SIDE: A father sacrifices his son so that others might live
William Carson took his hand off the lever that raised the drawbridge. Now the slowing-moving freighter could continue sailing up the river.
GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Lots of life’s instructions to teach — with a few brownies
There had to be a better way. I wasn’t asking for the Brooklyn Bridge or the moon on a platter. All I wanted was one simple change; a little old tweak in technique using his muscular physique. That was all.
SHADES OF GREEN: Dealing with ailment opens writer’s eyes to miracles
A month ago I caught Bell’s Palsy. It’s an ailment that makes a side of your face go paralyzed. So for me I couldn’t close my eye so I had to tape it shut at night. My mouth couldn’t cup my morning caffeine, so I had to drink coffee through a straw!
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