Puppy Love

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 31, 2017

I think one of the cutest things our Creator God ever fashioned was a puppy. To me, all puppies are cute—from baby labs to basset hounds, from St. Bernard’s to dachshunds, from Irish setters to Chihuahuas. Even mongrel puppies are cute. In fact, it is hard to come up with anything cuter than a puppy. […]

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Jim Wallis, Sojourner

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 24, 2017

During my retreat last Fall, I listened to some talks by Jim Wallis, a Christian writer who speaks regularly at religious conferences, often Catholic ones.  His writings and talks both inspire me and challenge me. I’d like to share some of his thoughts with you. First though, let me tell you a little about Jim […]

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Let’s Celebrate Dirt!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 17, 2017

Today, let’s celebrate dirt. Although we walk on dirt, drive on dirt, build on dirt, pave over dirt, move dirt, and even grow things in dirt, we often take dirt for granted. The very words “dirt” and “soil” can have negative connotations. If something is “dirty,” it is certainly not good. If something is “soiled,” […]

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Putting the Groceries Away

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 10, 2017

Today’s reflection is adapted from my book, Everyday Epiphanies. There are essentially two attitudes toward putting the groceries away: Attitude A and Attitude B.

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“Look for the Helpers”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 3, 2017

Every day we are bombarded with bad news: bombs exploding at airports and concerts, refugees fleeing from war-torn countries, people flooded out of their homes, individuals overdosing on drugs. It’s enough to make you weep. It’s enough to make you depressed. But then I saw something on the CBS news a couple of weeks ago about […]

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Two Poems for Reflection

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 26, 2017

Today I’d like to share two poems with you. The first one is entitled “Drive-Thru Epiphany.” It was written by John Hopkins, a faithful reader of this blog. John taught high school English for 33 years. He retired last week. We wish him well! The other day I was in the drive-thru, biding my time, […]

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Four Short, Short Stories

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 19, 2017

Here are four short, short stories. All of them are true. The License Plate Frederick Buechner tells this story in his book Listening to Your Life. One day he sat in his car on the side of a road. He was “terribly depressed.” His young daughter was ill and he didn’t know what to do. […]

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Looking Twice

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 12, 2017

Let’s begin today by looking at a painting. It’s called “The General’s Family” and it’s by the Mexican painter Octavio Ocampo. At first glance, it might seem like an ordinary painting, the profile of a man with a white beard. But look again. In fact, keeping looking. Can you find the NINE faces hidden in […]

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by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 5, 2017

I’m worried about the bees. I’ve read many articles saying that bees are dying off—in drastic numbers. Why? Researchers cite several factors: pesticides, parasites, viruses, loss of habitat, poor nutrition, genetics, and even cell towers. We should be concerned about the decline of bees, because their decline poses a serious threat to human survival. That’s […]

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Do You Read the Obituaries?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on May 29, 2017

A good friend of mine reads the obituaries every day. She tells me she’s been doing it most of her adult life. She adds, “My mother used to read the obituaries every day. And two of my brothers now read them every day too.” I ask her, “Do you think there’s a genetic link?” My […]

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