Three Cheers for Dentists!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 13, 2017

I had dental work done recently. Not just a cleaning, but actual “work,” which is a euphemism for drilling! But I don’t want to bore you with the details of my last visit to the dentist. Instead, I want to celebrate dentists today. For I believe they are often the unsung heroes in the field […]

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Five Truths about Love

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 6, 2017

Valentine’s Day is coming soon. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I love it, first of all, because it comes in the middle of February, often a time of darkness and cold—at least where I live. It comes smack in the middle of the celebrations of Christmas (now a distant memory) and […]

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Traveling in Good Company

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 30, 2017

When we cleaned out my sister’s apartment, we divided up her belongings. One item my sister had was a statue of Mary. This was no ordinary statue. It was quite large—over 3 feet tall. It had been given to my maternal grandmother when my mother, her first child, was born in 1915. My mother treasured […]

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The Gift of Sounds

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 23, 2017

Fred Newman has an unusual occupation. He is a sound actor. This means he makes a living by making all kinds of sound effects using essentially his mouth, nose, and throat. If you have ever listened to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, then you have heard him in the background supplying the sound effects for […]

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Another Dip into My Quote Collection

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 16, 2017

Those of you who have being reading this blog for awhile know that I collect quotations. I have seven small file drawers crammed with 3 X 5 cards on which I have written thousands of quotes over the years, mostly from books or magazines I’ve read. I wrote about my collection in my post for […]

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Mourning Mary Ann

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 9, 2017

My sister, Mary Ann Hartman, passed away a few weeks ago after a brief illness. She was 77. A widow, the mother of five and grandmother of nine, she was my only sister and my best friend. The day before Thanksgiving she learned she had cancer in her stomach, liver, and kidneys. Prior to this […]

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Winter: The Misunderstood Season

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 2, 2017

Some of us have a negative view of winter. We see it as a season of cold that disrupts our routine and puts a damper on our fun. Have you ever noticed how some of the weather people speak about winter? They say we will be attacked by a cold front. Or we should prepare […]

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Achieving Peace through Compromise

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 26, 2016

Alex and Candice are siblings, ages 13 and 11 respectively. (They are also my grandnephew and grandniece). As siblings, they sometimes fight over who gets to ride in the front seat of the car. One day Alex decided to do something about their quarreling. He drew up a legal contract that set the “rules” for […]

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A Christmas Prayer for Divine Intrusion

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 19, 2016

Christmas is a time to celebrate the coming of Jesus into our world and into our personal everyday lives. Here is a little poem I wrote for Christmas, but it can be prayed all year long.

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What does Opportunity Look Like?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 12, 2016

What does opportunity look like? Sometimes it looks like opportunity. A college offers you a substantial scholarship. An acquaintance recommends you for a job with good pay and better working conditions. Or a co-worker retires and you are asked to assume her leadership position. In all these cases, opportunity looks like opportunity.

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