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Rain, Rain Go Away?

July 28, 2010

Today was a dreary day. It looked like we are going to be blessed with rain again. We've had quite a bit of rain lately, and I am sure that the plants and trees and farmers are very thankful. As … (read more)

Teamwork

July 4, 2010

It has been a few years now since I have worked at a local delicatessen and restaurant. I remember my very first day starting at the deli, and coming from a banking background, I found it to be very, very … (read more)

Forgiven?

June 1, 2010

Have you ever done something in your life that you regret now, and you wish that it had never happened and that you could start all over again? I know I have, and not only once, but a few times. … (read more)

One Of Those Days

May 24, 2010

Did you ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong — and sometimes the wrong lasts more than a few days? It all started when we were driving home from our holidays on Manitoulin Island. Approximately … (read more)

Failures

May 17, 2010

I grew up in a slum area. When I entered grade seven, I was a bad kid. I hung around with a rowdy bunch of kids, and I am sure my parents wondered what would become of me. My father … (read more)

A Little Leaven Goes A Long Way

May 8, 2010

I enjoy baking. I bake a lot: I bake for special occasions; I bake for my children, grandchildren, and friends. It was a day like any other day when I got a call from my daughter. She asked me if … (read more)

A Grandmother's Anxiety

April 27, 2010

"Congratulations, a baby boy!" The words were taken in by a beaming and proud grandma. On February 14, 2010, Carter Nicholas was born, our fourth grandchild. What an exciting time! He is such a sweet, newborn baby boy, and I … (read more)

Bad News

April 15, 2010

It was a cloudy and rainy day. The "folk music" satellite station had just finished playing the song, "Love Hurts", and my mind recalled a telephone call from my friend a few years before. I remember the way my friend … (read more)

Inspiration

March 26, 2010

Not too long ago, I wrote about receiving a telephone call from a person who encouraged me to start writing devotionals again and who asked where I got my inspiration. Afterwards, I found myself searching for a manila folder that … (read more)

Clicking Noises

March 18, 2010

A click here and a click there, and then another click, and another click. The index finger keeps clicking on the mouse and the eyes keep watching the computer monitor to see the white arrow deleting and manipulating the coloured … (read more)

Tiny Running Feet

March 8, 2010

The stillness is suddenly interrupted by the sound of tiny feet, in socks, running exuberantly down the aisle. Eyes sparkling with delight, the little boy runs towards the front of the church with outstretched arms. The assistant to the pastor … (read more)

The Telephone Call

February 21, 2010

It all started with a telephone call. "Hello. Is this the home of Rosemary Hagedorn, who writes devotionals for the local newspaper?" The person on the other end of the phone line was asking me where I get my inspiration … (read more)

The Empty Shell (2)

September 21, 2006

I remember being invited to attend a Bible study held at our church, and being very reluctant to attend it, but for some reason, my busy schedule allowed it. The Bible study, indeed, was a life-changer! At the end of … (read more)

The Empty Shell (1)

September 20, 2006

"An empty shell": these words of truth kept echoing over and over in my mind. I was driving my friend, Anna, home from church, and I mentioned to her how I had been neglecting my Bible reading and prayer time … (read more)

Tears In My Wallpaper

May 11, 2006

My granddaughter, Sierra, now six years old, came to visit her grandpa and grandma during the Christmas holidays. "Magga," (her name for Grandma) "would you come to the bathroom with me?" she asked me. "Of course, I will," I answered. … (read more)

The Lonely Twig

July 12, 2005

Spring had finally arrived! The buds on the trees and bushes were slowly starting to unfurl, clothing their surroundings with varying shades of luscious, bright greens. This is the time of year that I like going for walks. My friend … (read more)

Scrabble Insight

July 2, 2004

One of my favourite games is the game of Scrabble. The game begins when each player picks a letter tile from all the letter tiles which are turned face down. The person drawing the tile closest to the letter "A" … (read more)

No Thanks!

March 25, 2004

Intricate snowflakes are falling to the ground, steadily covering the green grass and black asphalt with a soft, white blanket. The branch of the evergreen tree is moving slightly outside my living room window, indicating that there is a bit … (read more)

The Flickering In The Woods

December 13, 2003

As I casually looked out my window the other morning, I saw a tiny red and sometimes green light, flickering in the woods. As I neared the window to get a closer look, I noticed a tiny water droplet dangling … (read more)

The Yellow Rabbit

April 23, 2003

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a little rabbit named Hasi. It was bright yellow, and its fur was as soft as a cotton ball. Hasi lived with a little girl, who loved it very much. … (read more)

A Stranger In Strange Surroundings

April 9, 2003

A woman sits, blank eyes staring at a wall. She is unaware of the people who love her, or who brought her to this place. Her mind is confused, asking the same questions, over and over again: "Where am I?" … (read more)

Tithes And Offerings

April 3, 2003

Approximately one year ago, I made a decision to donate half of my waitress's gratuities to our church in order to help pay off our church building's mortgage. This was over and above my regular financial donation of ten percent. … (read more)

Snow Tracks

March 2, 2003

Outside my kitchen window, the snow lay glistening on the ground. Millions of tiny diamonds sparkled on the snow's surface as the sun shone down on this white blanket. As I gazed at this fantasy that lay before me, I … (read more)

Moving Day

August 28, 2002

The day had finally arrived. It was the day we moved our youngest daughter, Cindy, to Kingston, Ontario, Canada, to complete her last year at Queen's University. Cindy's futon bed, computer desk, and chair, along with two bedside tables, a … (read more)

Time

August 19, 2002

It seems like only yesterday, when my two daughters, Christine and Cindy, were waiting for the school bus to arrive on that first day. Tightly clutched in her right hand was Cindy's new lunch box. She looked a little worried, … (read more)

Dusty Hanging Pots

August 1, 2002

Once again, I am sitting in the waiting room of the car dealership, waiting for my car to undergo a lube, oil, and filter change. The service department is also checking the air conditioner and brakes at the same time, … (read more)

Flyers

June 25, 2002

Flyers… we find them in our mailboxes, nailed on utility poles, taped onto store windows, distributed by hand, and inserted into our weekly newspaper deliveries. They are eye-catching. They are printed on bright, dazzling, coloured paper and are decorated to … (read more)

Tranquility

June 20, 2002

It was finally here! I had begun the first day of my week's holidays, leaving behind a hurried lifestyle. I was sitting on the beach in a very comfortable beach chair, watching the waves roll towards the shore. Hearing the … (read more)

The Wait

May 15, 2002

It is 10:55 a.m. and my daughter's boyfriend and I are waiting for my daughter to get ready for a bone scan at the hospital. As my daughter fills out information papers with the receptionist, the hands of time on … (read more)

The Conversation

April 27, 2002

"Guess who called today!" my husband excitedly asked me upon my arrival home from work. Names and faces flashed through my mind instantly. "It was Sierra," my husband said. "She wanted to talk to Magga [her name for grandmother], and … (read more)

Three Very Special Words

April 10, 2002

"I wuv ooh, too!" With a twinkle in her eye, and a smile to disperse the gloomiest of days, Sierra Marie, my granddaughter, spoke these words in response to my "I love you." "I love you." Three very special words … (read more)

Castaways

April 5, 2002

With spring slowly approaching, I decided to tackle the big job of sorting all the clothing that I own into a "storage for next winter" pile, a "give-away" pile and an "undecided" pile. I find it simply amazing how much … (read more)

Give Up?

December 30, 2001

"I am going to lose a few pounds next year." "I am going to be more organized next year." "I am going to give a bigger donation to my church." "I am going to give up smoking next year." These … (read more)

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