Connection: 1,000 Voices Speak for Compassion

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My sister’s mother-in-law died recently.  I love this story of how she mothered to the very end.  I guess we never stop longing for our children to feel connected.



They stood on either side of her bed, these two grown children she had raised.  Just as their farms lay on either side of the farm where she raised them.  She’d been the bond that held them together, and now she was dying. Would no longer be there.

Each held one of her hands in their own.  One on the right; one on the left.  Silently, she raised her hands to rest upon her chest.  Bringing theirs along with hers she crossed them, joining them together one final time.  No word was spoken, but the message received. The three of them remained this way as she drew her last breath.



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Graduation TToT


A spring semester with lots of extra trips and responsibilities is winding down.  Thank God.

I am thankful…

to have another college graduate in the family

and that my daughter had such a positive experience at Southwestern University

for professors who took a special interest in her and encouraged her to develop her talents

for the way my kids all celebrate the others’ accomplishments

that the other daughter is officially half-way through dental school

and the son nearly half-way through college

to be home this weekend after a twelve week stretch of not being in the same state for two consecutive weekends

for home itself

and all who dwell here



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The Dust Bowl, Oklahoma City

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A low-tech bowling alley recently opened in Midtown Oklahoma City.  It’s called The Dust Bowl.  Bowlers use paper, pencil and actual math to keep score.  The place sports a retro look; it’s a relaxing place to while away an afternoon.

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Hypnotic Poppies


For the second year in a row I got to meander around Georgetown, Texas during poppy blooming time.  Last year I wrote about the history of the Georgetown poppies and their connection to WWI veterans.  This year I just wandered through bunches of them trying to get my fill.  Their exuberant color and spindly intertwining stems going every which way make these flowers very endearing.  As I stood staring at them for the longest time, I thought–Headline: Kansas Girl Mesmerized by Poppies–which seemed a bit familiar.


“All across the meadows, many poppies blossomed, and that were so hypnotic and brilliant in color they nearly dazzled Dorothy’s eyes. “Aren’t they beautiful?” the girl asked her companions, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the big, bright flowers.”

L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Must Attend UNC

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I think I found out where Thing 1 and Thing 2 get their hair done.  This display of blue Dr. Seuss-worthy wigs is in the student bookstore at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

unc wigsWouldn’t it be fun to see a sea of these on Tar Heels fans in the stands?

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Located the blue wig supply.  Now I just have to figure out what the heck a Tar Heel is.

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