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Prepared for a Crisis? Or Not?

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“I’m always prepared,” I used to say. As a former Cub Scout leader and the mother of Eagle Scouts, I’ve always been one to be prepared—particularly for crisis situations. I nodded when I read Oswald Chambers’ words in the My Utmost for His Highest devotional on September 10: “We imagine we would be all right […]

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Mrs. Douglas MacArthur’s Tablecloth (idea) and Me

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I don’t actually own Mrs. Douglas MacArthur‘s tablecloth, but I own one like it. What is that tablecloth? It’s a white tablecloth she used whenever she served dinner to foreign dignitaries. Whenever everyone finished eating, she handed them a pen and asked them to sign the tablecloth. She then had it embroidered. Can you imagine the […]

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A Visit to a Submarine Museum–or Remembering Old Friends

We visited the submarine museum in Pearl Harbor recently. For my young adult daughter, it was fun to see the boats. For me, it was like old home week as I saw many submarines I knew in person, fact and fiction. It gets that way when you spend 20 years of your life linked to […]

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My Own Wrinkle in Time

“Why, you had your own wrinkle in time,” my friend exclaimed. I’d recounted a story in which he had given me a surprising gift We’re both fans of Madeleine L’Engle‘s Newberry award winning novel A Wrinkle in Time, but his words caught me by surprise. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but he […]

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Veteran’s Day: A Primer

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November 11 is Veteran’s Day in the United States. It’s been that way since 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 Armistice Day (the original name). He noted: “To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with – solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, […]

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