Hinge

degaje — Haitian phrase “to make do with what you have” Jenny, our missionary in Haiti, stays in a simple two room house when in the mountain community. One room is used to store tools, the other for her bed and kitchen. There was a small courtyard, but the fence was falling down (I use […]

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Taxes and Fuel

“That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended – civilizations are built up – excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to […]

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Fear Virus

As I drove the girls to school, NPR reported in the background. More about coronavirus. Phoebe and I were talking, barely noticing, but Darcy stopped us, “what are they talking about?!” I explained it was a new virus making people sick in China. She had overheard people died. I told her not to worry, “only […]

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Ripping up Halftime

We don’t need stripper poles at the halftime show! — You want women to wear burkas! The Super Bowl parade didn’t need to spray the crowd with beer! — Let the champs have a little fun! Refuse your handshake — Rip up your speech I did not watch the state of the union. But the […]

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Pacing Bowl

What are we to do? For the first time in my life the Super Bowl game will be more important than the commercials. Can I join in a party with other people? My normal game routine is to pace and grumble, with my heart on the edge of an attack… as Megan bakes cookies in […]

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Can I get an AMEN?!

As the Texans broke out to a 24 lead over the Chiefs @cpenn4thewin realized he was the jinx and needed to leave the stadium. $258 ticket aside, heĀ  walked out, tweeting a video that the Chiefs could now win the playoff game. And of course the Chiefs scored 41 unanswered points, seven straight touchdowns. In […]

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Gateway

Over vacation we toured the Gateway Arch in St Louis. It was as I remembered from my childhood. We rode up in white eggs, styled straight from the 60’s. They are tight for our family of six (a large family forces out claustrophobia!). And the view from the top was spectacular — looking out over […]

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