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A Walk in the Redwoods

redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, banana slugs, redwood tree facts, black bear, forest mushrooms, elk, squirrels, outdoor education

I took a walk in the redwoods recently. A young friend works as a ranger for Redwood National Park along the northern California coast. Laura teaches outdoor education to students from all over northern California and southern Oregon, this year near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. I visited her there between camps and got my […]

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An (Imagined) Biddy Chambers Interview (Part 2)

I’d love to conduct a Biddy Chambers interview. I have so many questions. I’m just not sure she’d answer them. (See part 1 of this Chambers interview fantasy here). Take, for example, why she went to Egypt. Traveling to Egypt MU: What were you thinking? BC: “I was no different than any other woman serious […]

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The Gift of a Birdhouse

Birdhouse gift, birthday presents, weathered fence decorations, gifts for grandma, creativity, how to brighten up a drab backyard, easy craft projects

I got a birdhouse for my birthday. Actually, I got 11 birdhouses for my birthday. It was my idea and I went for it. A lonely backyard The view out my kitchen window is of a backyard we’ve worked hard to make friendly. The weathered fence around the yard and overhanging trees from my neighbor, […]

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Kathleen Chambers, Memories and Me

Kathleen Chambers, memories, genealogy, Oswald Chambers, Biddy Chambers, David McCasland, Abandoned to God, research libraries, transcripts, interview

As one of my primary sources, Kathleen Chambers’ memories were vital to the writing of Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Interviewed in 1991 by Oswald Chambers biographer David McCasland, Kathleen told wide-ranging stories of her parents and her life. She was nearly 78 years-old when she talked with McCasland. Her father had been dead for 73 years; her […]

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Take a Child to a War Zone?

War zone with children, Grenada invasion, Biddy Chambers, Oswald Chambers, WWI, Navy wife, submarine r and r, Barbados, travel with children into a war zone

Have you ever had the opportunity to take a child to a war zone? Biddy Chambers did. So did I. We, however, reached different conclusions about the wisdom of visiting a war zone with a child. My story–the Caribbean My Navy guy served on a fast attack submarine that spent the 1983 fall on a […]

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