Shepherd on Horseback: Guarding Against Fear and Hopelessness

  When I was a child we received official government pamphlets in the mail that frightened me. They showed red circles, like ripples, over a map of a city. The closer you lived to the center of the circles the more likely you would die from the inevitable nuclear holocaust about to be dropped on …

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Let Me Help You

“Two-gun Pete with the stinky feet!” my husband crooned as he tickled his baby grandson’s toes. “What? Where did you learn that?” I asked. The baby laughed one of those contagious giggles that makes you repeat what ever action brought on the delightful response. “Two-gun Pete with the stinky feet!” he chanted again, blurbling the …

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Correction Lines: When Staying the Course Will Get You Off Course

When we were kids, Mom and Dad took us on trips back to Saskatchewan, where they grew up. People dropped in on each other in those days, and there were plenty of folks to visit. I counted cousins one day. Including close second cousins and those almost a generation older, we had over fifty — …

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