Full Circle

This is the final poem in my first collection, entitled Findings: My Journey to Joy. The flow of poems in that book spoke to finding who I was and what I was about after being divorced. I started writing the poems a couple years before the divorce, and published the book a couple years afterwards,…

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Oh Christmas Tree

  The tree lights chase the shadows and glint off the hanging ornaments. The kids run to see it, like those who ran to be at Jesus’ knee. The world, changing their focus, keeps them looking down at the carefully wrapped gifts beneath the tree. Imagine yourselves seated around the tree. Take a break, move…

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Place of Honor

I love the recent weather and how the colorful leaves play against the most amazingly blue fall sky. I love the reds and golds that pop out just after a morning rain. Needless to say, that is why I loved my ‘sidewalk’ time on Saturday morning. The patches of partially evaporated rain on the concrete…

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You Knew

  Have you seen Jesus? No, wait, have you really seen Him? Have you wrapped your head, heart and soul around what He has done for us? Nothing brings history alive better than re-enacting it. My church presented “Behold the Lamb” some years ago. I played Anna, the prophetess who prayed outside the temple constantly…

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Under Beauty

  We’ve all heard the urge for us to stop and smell the roses, to take time out of our overloaded schedules to see the beauty around us. I concur whole-heartedly with the importance of pausing to do that, but do I recognize the full story behind all that I see? I had to get…

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The Strand

  My generation listened to Frank Sinatra singing “I Did It My Way,” and the “NOW” ideas on liberated living. Women of my era took the bait and tried becoming supermom. I didn’t fair too well trying to follow that path. I wonder how those choices are panning out among others my age. I learned…

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Tribute

My father fought in WWII in the European theater. Many of the men who went over with him didn’t come back with him. I never heard him talk about the worst of his experiences during the war, though I know he saw great tragedy. This poem was written as a tribute to thank those who…

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Sunset at 65

    We may not have to grow up, though it is an astoundingly good idea, but…we do have to grow old. So, whatever age you are, unless you have already attained or surpassed it, you are approaching 65.Time rolls right over us, ain’t no stoppin’ it, my friend. Now, that begs the question, what…

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Significance

Let’s talk today about the source of our significance. The norm is to find significance in our job title, the amount of money in our bank account, our physical appearance, the number of important people we know, the car we drive, or our family ties. All these can be swept away in an instant. Anyone…

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Real Men

I’ve been dying to ask this since the book first came out several years ago. Do real men really not eat quiche? Okay, I don’t know anything about all that. I’ve struggled with some of the men in my life, so I have to be balanced here and not biased. Do you know any real…

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