Four Short, Short Stories

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 18, 2018

It’s time for some short, short stories again. These true stories come from a variety of sources. #1 – “The Good-For-Nothing Glue” I found this story in Readers’ Digest. In the 1960s, Spencer Silver, a chemist in 3M’s research laboratories, was working with pressure sensitive adhesives. He developed an adhesive that did not stick very well. […]

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Our Rivers, Our Kin

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 11, 2018

When I was growing up on our small farm in northeast, Ohio we had a creek that ran through our back woods. As kids, we often played in and around it. We fished for crayfish there, waded in it, built log bridges over it, and simply enjoyed the sound the water made as it flowed […]

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Where Does Prayer Begin?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 4, 2018

One morning during prayer I read this petition from a booklet I was using: “Help us to reach out to those who are elderly, lonely, or ill.” I paused. Then I chuckled. “That sounds a lot like me!” I said. I qualify for the elderly part. After all, I’ve been around the sun 73 times. […]

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A Reflection for Memorial Day

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 28, 2018

Memorial Day is an American holiday set aside to remember and honor all those who died while serving in the American Armed Forces. The origin of the holiday is not entirely clear. In fact, several cities claim to be the birthplace of the holiday: Charleston, SC; Waterloo, NY; and Columbus, GA. The Charleston story is […]

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How Do You Feel about Bugs?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 21, 2018

How do you feel about bugs? This question recalls a true story about my grandnephew, Aaron. When he was about 10, he was on the playground one day with some other boys when they spotted a praying mantis. Almost instantly, some of the boys began to torment it with a stick. Aaron protested, saying praying […]

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The First Pentecost: A Wild Time Was Had by All

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 14, 2018

The first Pentecost was anything but a tame event. The winds howled, the walls rattled, the earth shook. What’s more, “tongues of fire” descended upon everyone huddled in that upper room. Clearly the Holy Spirit came not as a gentle breeze, but more as a hurricane or earthquake. The disciples too seemed filled with this […]

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G. K. Chesterton: “The Apostle of Common Sense”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 7, 2018

I just finished a book entitled G. K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, by Dale Ahlquist. I thought I would share a few thoughts on this fascinating writer with you today. Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a British writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, art critic, and lay theologian. During his life, he produced 80 books, 200 […]

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2018: The Year of the Bird

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 30, 2018

The spring issue of Audubon magazine says that 2018 has been designated as the year of the bird. So let’s celebrate birds today. First, a bird alert. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is one of the most important conservation laws in the world. It celebrates its 100th birthday this year. This law creates incentives […]

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Yes, Toys ARE Us

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 23, 2018

Recently we learned that most of the “Toys R Us” stores are closing. This bit of news got me thinking about toys in general. How far back do they go? What were the first toys? What toys did I play with as a child? In addition to being fun to play with, do toys have […]

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How Well Do You Know Planet Earth?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 16, 2018

April 22, 2018 is Earth Day. In honor of this great day, I am giving you a little quiz. How well do you know planet earth? Here are 10 true or false statements about the planet we call home. Decide: Is the statement true or false? Then check the answers below. TRUE or FALSE: Earth […]

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