Santa Claus Hasn’t Received My Letter yet!

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In first grade, our teacher asked us to pen a letter to Santa for Christmas.

She asked us, “Name one present you would like Santa to bring you for Christmas.”

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Nice Is a Matter of Perspective

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Sitting in the living room the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and me were enjoying some hot apple cider tea and listening to some Christmas music. The song came that referred to Santa’s nice list and naughty list. I was not paying too much of attention, but somebody else in Continue reading

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Black Friday Always Results in Red Monday

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I’m not sure who come up with this term “Black Friday” but I am definitely not for it. To me, Black Friday is rather devious and I know the only purpose is to get their teeth into my money, which is a sacred area to me.

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Thanksgivings Combined – A story of renewed Thankfulness

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On this cold Thanksgiving morning, Karen gets out of her car with her  husband and two children following behind her.   She holds a sweet potato casserole,  her husband carries the stuffing, her teenage daughter juggles her cell phone and a shopping bag containing dinner rolls and her 9 year old Continue reading

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God Is Love

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“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8

No matter what you believe, or who you believe in, all people believe in Love.  At the core of humanity, we all want to be loved, and love others.  The Beatles sang, “All You Continue reading

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Poor As I Am, All I Can Give Is Thanks

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It was a pre-Thanksgiving evening and the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were enjoying some hot cider tea. Nothing goes down quite as nice as a hot cider tea.

It was rather a quiet evening and I happened to glance over at my wife and saw her staring Continue reading

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Unseen

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One of the things that appealed to me about being a writer was the idea of not being seen. It’s not really the writer that get’s the attention, it’s the story. I don’t enjoy the spotlight. I’d much rather stay comfortably behind the scenes, in my little shell. However, the Continue reading

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As The Cookie Crumbles, So Do My Excuses

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Several weeks ago, I was at home alone when the doorbell rang. I answered the door to find representatives from a local Girl Scout troop doing what they do so well; selling Girl Scout cookies.

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This Fall Was a Major Trip for Me

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This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said to me rather casually, “I guess you know today is November?”

She’s always joking with me and I assumed this was one of her jokes.

“You can’t fool me,” I said quite sarcastically, “I know it’s October.”

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Is the Whole World Crazy or Is It Just Me?

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Driving across town the other day I was nearly hit by four different vehicles. One ran a stop sign, another swerved in front of me and almost hit me and I’m sure the other two were on their cell phones. After a while I begin to think my life was Continue reading

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Have You Seen My Glasses? And Other Trick Questions

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The only person who asks more questions than a lawyer is the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. I am not saying that questions are bad, at least not all of them. What I am saying is, some questions can be trick questions.

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Why Did I Get Up This Morning?

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All day long, I’ve had this burning question in my mind. One of those questions you just cannot shake and as the day progressed, it loomed larger and larger until I had to address it. Personally, I would like to have addressed it, put a stamp on it and send Continue reading

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Why I Am Suspicious of All Yard Sales

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One of the passions that I really do not have is going to yard sales. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is another story.

It is my sincere belief that yard sales were created with her in mind. There is not a yard sale within a 150-mile radius she does Continue reading

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Excuse the Clutter

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Welcome to my heart and please, excuse all the clutter. I’m in the process of renovation. Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy. Even I trip over it. It’s all of my mistrust. Slowly but surely, I’m getting rid of it.

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One Good Deed Deserves A Kick In The Pants

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Have you ever had the feeling that any good deed you try is counteracted by a good swift kick in the pants?

I recently grabbed a quick lunch at a local restaurant. I don’t like eating at fast food restaurants, but, occasionally, I don’t have much choice. Then, once in Continue reading

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