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A different kind of work...
Thursday, July 08, 2010      16 comments

It seems I need to go back to go forward. It's difficult to blog about the little daily incidents of my health and weight-loss journey without sharing something of what I've been through the past six weeks since my mom died. Writing can be thera... Read more
Sunday, May 30, 2010      28 comments

As many of you know, my mother has been struggling mightily with her health over the past few years - COPD, then a serious head injury, hip surgery, carotid artery surgery, two stays in rehab. Last night, that struggle finally ended, quietly and... Read more
Pentecost Roses
Sunday, May 23, 2010      12 comments

That's what peonies are called in Germany. I just snapped this one in my neighbor's garden. The color didn't photograph too well - the blooms are actually a deeper shade of w... Read more
On a mission
Monday, May 17, 2010      9 comments

I have an exam in missiology on Wednesday. I need all my "spare" time (whatever that is!) to study, so I'm going to be taking a break from Spark for a couple of days. I even plan to overnight at the school where I'm studying so I don't have... Read more
I Oughta
Sunday, May 09, 2010      12 comments

I really OUGHTA write a blog today because it's been two weeks since my last post. Some other Spark friends have posted great blogs this past week. If you'd like a sampling, here are a few links: SPUNKYSPARKER had some good insights about b... Read more
Second Opinion
Monday, April 26, 2010      16 comments

I went to the new ENT today and I do NOT have nodes on my vocal chords. They are somewhat swollen and very tired which is why they don't close properly at phonation. But there are no cysts, polyps or nodes. Now that I've taken the antibiotics an... Read more
No Talking
Friday, April 23, 2010      10 comments

If you've been following my status reports, then you know that I lost my voice last Friday. I've been battling recurring sinus infections for the past 6 months. Now I have nodes on my vocal chords as a result of this last attack. I'm looking for... Read more
Sparkiversary #3
Thursday, April 22, 2010      19 comments

Yesterday I celebrated 3 years on Spark! What can I say but this: ... Read more
Don't Wear Your Trousers on Your Head, Fred
Sunday, April 18, 2010      16 comments

Now that I got your attention, thought I'd share a link to a song today. I want to learn it so that I can teach it to the kids at our next English Day Camp at the language school in May. I may have a weird sense of humor, but I think it's so c... Read more
Update on Fun, Worship, and Empty Hands
Sunday, April 11, 2010      15 comments

Update on the Fun Factor: Not only did I have fun this week, I had the responsibility of making English learning fun for a group of 10 kids at the language school's Kids' Camp. We played Red Light-Green Light, Simon Says (great for learning thos... Read more
You Read it Here First
Sunday, April 04, 2010      17 comments

I could have titled this post "Shameless II" --- When I click "post blog entry," I'll be crossing over the 40,000 Spark Points mark and can go pick up my new trophy. What is it about those points and those little icons? One of the Spark People ... Read more
Saturday, April 03, 2010      7 comments

This blog is a shameless effort just to get 3 more Spark points before the day is over. I have less than 100 to go before I reach 40,000 and a new trophy. I'd really like that to happen tomorrow, on Resurrection Sunday! I really hope Sandy makes... Read more
What is Fun?
Thursday, April 01, 2010      12 comments

From Failure to Fun! :) I didn't FAIL to turn in my term paper -- it's gone!... and now I'm having a postpartum kind of day. I want to do something to celebrate that doesn't involve much money or many calories. I also have little energy tod... Read more
Monday, March 29, 2010      11 comments

I'm writing a term paper that includes a section on John Wesley's mission trip to Georgia in the early 1700's. Many historians consider that trip to have been a failure. In his journals, you can read that Wesley himself was humbled by the experi... Read more
Castles in the Air
Sunday, March 21, 2010      14 comments

I was teaching an English lesson in a town nearby on Saturday. Had some time in the afternoon before I was to meet a friend for dinner, so I decided to take advantage of the spring-like weather. Thought I'd stroll up to the top of this hill and ... Read more

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