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Listening to self-care techniques so much recently, I challenged myself to listen.  It seemed there were many broken threads from things I used to do – face-to-face visits with neighbors and friends, walks on the beach seeing new turtle nesting sites, eating out.  I was feeling frazzled and frayed.

My work with Peace by Piece (PxP), our Covenant Mennonite Fellowship comforter-making group (and little cousin to Piecemakers), was weighing on me.  I had the joy of having stands and sticks – and no one to help put fabrics in the frame! 

So I examined the tapestry of my life,...

From the vantage point of today, February feels like 100 years ago.  I also tabulated how many weeks I’ve been doing virtual classes from home, and I think this is the 10th week.  It feels like only a minute.  As weeks stack atop weeks, dates and events begin to blur together.

At the onstart of the stay-at-home order, our oldest daughter and her three children moved in with our household of seven and stayed for five weeks. Fortunately, we had just received a large shipment of Grove Collaborative toilet paper and after hitting up Gordon Food...

I read slower now.  And I read as swiftly as ever.

I was surprised several weeks into “lockdown” and working from (at?) home that I finish a book much slower now.  I love a good book - the only kind I read.  A book on my reading list is there because it promised to interest me when I learned of it.  And my list is important.  It is one of two bookmarks: the list of books I’ve finished in the current year (with the date noted) and the list of books to read.  I read from the top and add desired titles to the bottom, giving a forecast of my...

David Emch wrote in his May 12 Connector article “Most things in life make us feel more than one emotion we’re feeling in each individual moment.” On the day I signed up for the Connector, I was feeling joy.

Most of us have seen a child open a new toy and minutes later set aside the toy to play with the empty box. Our family has a special love affair with boxes. We have in the past collected large appliance boxes and built box mazes in our barn or house for family and friends to enjoy. But an empty box in this time of Covid-19 brings a new...

The theme of this Sunday’s service will be grief

A few years ago someone passed along the adage: “People aren’t afraid of change.  They’re afraid of loss.” I’m wary of blanket statements about “people,” but that one sounds more true than not.  We naturally protect what we love, which means we regularly push back against change out of fear of what or who we love being lost. 

Pandemic aside, modern living is essentially one change after another – culture, technology, habitat.  We’re adaptable creatures, but, Wow.  With change comes loss, and loss can produce...

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