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Where Did the Summer Go?

Where did the summer go? 

Wasn’t this the fastest one on record?

Summer should get a speeding ticket!

If you’re like most of us, you’re shaking your head and wondering how September could possibly be right around the corner.

If your summer was good, remind yourself that the tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.

If yours was not so good, remind yourself that another one will come around next year (God willing), and rather than mourn its passing, here’s a prescription for curing the end-of-summer blues:

Thank God for life, and make a list of 10 other blessings.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), philosopher, mathematician, theologian, and physicist, said: There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of a man which cannot be satisfied by any created being but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.  

He also said, All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone.

So turn off the electronic devices, brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea, take a deep breath, and inhale the silence.

There’s no charge for blessed solitude.


Joy in July

Joy in July . . .

After living and working in Milan and Paris, I arrived in New York City 20 years ago, and I saw both the joys and the hardships of daily life.  On July 28, 2006, I was very proud to become a citizen of the United States—the greatest privilege on planet Earth.

Melania Trump, First Lady of the United States


May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.

Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, 1947-49


I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the things that a good God gives.

Ann Voskamp, Author of One Thousand Gifts


Here men from planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon.  July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.

Neil Armstrong, Astronaut


For you have been called to live in freedom.  Use your freedom to serve one another in love.

The Holy Bible, Galatians 5:13



Spring is Nature

As I write this, April Fool’s Day is right around the corner…and no fooling:  in Minnesota we are getting more snow! By the time you read this, hopefully Spring will have arrived in Minnesota and everywhere.

I am reminded of Lewis Grizzard’s quote: Spring is nature’s way of reminding us that every day is worthy of celebration.

And…Doug Larson’s quote: Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.

Spring breathes new life into the world around us. Somehow it breathes new life within also. We are reminded that every day is a new day to: love, forgive, practice patience, and ask God’s help to see the good and goodness all around us.

God, teach me anew that regeneration is the seed which arises Every Day, and also in Spring.

Mary Zigan

Raise your hand if…

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for fall to begin. It’s my favorite time of year! I, Mary, love the way Minnesota shows off its beauty in autumn’s short season. I also love the snuggling in feel one has before our bitter winters begin. Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to be alive, and many others feel the same as these quotes suggest:

  • Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~ Jim Bishop



  • Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. ~ Shira Tamir


  • The heat of autumn is different than the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them into cider. ~ Jane Hirshfield


  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~ Stanley Horowitz


  • William Cullent Bryant, sums up his sentiments the most succinct and I concur:


                                Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile!





Quips & Quotes . . . Inspiration for the Journey


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom, Dutch Christian, who, along with her family, helped many Jews escape the Holocaust in World War II


The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.

                               SØren Kierkegaard, Danish theologian, philosopher, and poet


Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want.  It is the belief that God will do what is right.

                               Max Lucado, American pastor and prolific author


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.

                              Helen Keller, deaf-blind American author and lecturer


Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

                              Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and actress           




Doug Larson says, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Like it or Not, Spring Has (finally) Sprung…

And, depending on whom you ask, it’s a delightful time of crocuses and daffodils when “April has put a spirit of youth in everything,” (William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII)

or “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land. Mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain…” (T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, pub. 1922).

In either case, April is a month that is memorable for a lot of different events, for better or worse:

Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for the Crown – April 2, 1513

Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on

April 4, 1968

The Civil War effectively ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912

Paul Revere took his famous midnight ride to warn the American rebels that the British were coming on April 18, 1775

George Washington was sworn in as the first U.S. President on April 30, 1789

~ SS





Are You Fluent in Kindness?

Are You Fluent in Kindness?

The Greek word for kindness has its origin in the smaller word, chre, “to lend.” It’s not hard to see how the idea of kindness evolved from the act of lending. In today’s hustle and bustle, division and divisiveness, it is easy to move through the day disconnected from our capacity to be kind. I am happy to be reminded of the forthcoming quotes.  However, much to my chagrin, I do not always practice the principle of kindness.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain


“Kindness is a grace that all can understand.” J.C. Ryle

Kindness is the universal language that is comprehended beyond any boundaries. Each and every individual understands and speaks this language. An act of kindness never goes futile. If we are kind to someone, it will be reflected in our behavior. Being kind to others makes this world a better place to live.

A need, giving, and kindness are linked together intimately in the Holy Bible.

John 3:16 states:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  

God saw our need and gave us His Son as the remedy. God’s Son is actually referred to as “the kindness of God.” Jesus appearing on earth was not only evidence of kindness, He was kindness itself; He was kindness incarnate.

God sent kindness Himself to earth to save us. In a day when it appears there is little kindness on earth, it is good to remember that God’s love was demonstrated by kindness. Let us think of ways we can be kindness to someone in need today!

 You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.                                                                             ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcoming in the New Year

Quips & Quotes

Welcoming in the New Year…

Ralph Waldo EmersonWrite it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.


Martin Luther:                        Glory to God in highest heaven

                                                Who unto man his Son hath given;

                                                While angels sing with tender mirth,

                                                A glad new year to all on earth.


Peggy Toney HortonAs the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one.  May He grant us His grace, His tranquility, and his wisdom!


The Apostle PaulBe joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (I Thes. 5:16-18)

Quips & Quotes

Pumpkin Patches ~ Apple Cider ~ Falling Leaves ~ Cornstalks ~ Autumn ~

Football ~ Hoodies ~ Cuddling ~ Bonfires ~ Sweaters ~ Hot Cocoa ~

Crunchy Walks in the Woods ~

“Come little leaves,” said the Wind one day,

“Come to the meadows with me and play.

“Put on your dresses of red and gold,

“For summer is past and the days grow cold.”

By George Cooper


Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.


Here’s a little poem my son wrote in Kindergarten.  I submitted it to Highlights for Children magazine, and they published it.  I think it captures the essence of settling in on a fall evening.


By Jonathan Sheppard, Age 5

Evening is the time when the sun sets.

Evening is when fathers come home.

Evening is the time

When children come inside

And the family is all snugly home.


Quips & Quotes



School Days . . . Comin’ Up!!!

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.

                                                                        ~ Bill Dodds


The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

                                                                        ~ Sydney J. Harris


An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

                                                                        ~  Attributed to Benjamin Franklin


As long as there are tests, there will be prayers in schools.

                                                                        ~ Author unknown


The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

                                                                        ~ Alvin Toffler