• The Impossible

    Some days I wonder what God has in store for me.  Why are certain things happening to me?  Why do others have some basics of life that I don’t have?  I’m sure all of us have these types of questions from time to time. At a time in my life when some things seems impossible, God is showing me differently. Recently I watched the movie “Facing the Giants” – a Christian movie with powerful impact.  A losing football team becomes extraordinary.  It wasn’t a change in their practice techniques or their plays, they change their attitude!  They decide that in all things (win or lose) they will praise God.  Their…

  • In Training

    I watch the couple move across the dance floor with elegance and grace.  I marvel at the assurance they demonstrate.  Each step is carefully orchestrated to match the flow of the music.  They paint a picture as they dance and it evokes a feeling of joy and pleasure. I know these dancers didn’t achieve this level of excellence overnight.  As I participate in dance lessons myself at the moment, I realize the hours of practice it takes to become proficient at the task. My early efforts are somewhat awkward and I need to focus hard to keep feet and hands in the correct places at the correct times. Now in…

  • Lookalikes

    This year a new book added to my gardening repertoire is an extensive resource about weeds of this area.  What amazes me, in my reading of the book, is that there are many weeds that are closely related to useful plants.  Bellflowers, lupines, buttercups, and sunflowers are just a few of the plants that are lovely flowers but have sinister cousins in the weed family. It certainly makes identifying the weeds all the more challenging.  The characteristics between the good flower and the weed are highly similar; but always there is something distinctive that shows the weeds true side.  Often it isn’t easy to identify the weed until it grows…