“Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 2, 2019

If you are looking for a good book to read, I suggest this one as a possibility: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher (2012) by Timothy Egan. The book, winner of the National Book Award, tells the amazing story of Edward Curtis, a renowned American portrait photographer who lived from 1868 to 1952. Curtis’ story […]

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Five Miscellaneous Items

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 26, 2019

Here are five miscellaneous items I came across recently or a while ago. I hope you find them worth pondering. Item #1: Fortune 500 Companies A recent issue of National Geographic reports that almost half of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Here are the names of some of those companies […]

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Jesus Saves

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 19, 2019

Every now and then, I see a church with a sign that says Jesus Saves. Usually the church is a Protestant Church. Often the church is small and the sign is big. The words Jesus Saves, I assume, summarize that church’s particular slant on the Christian faith. That slant is an important one. But the question arises, […]

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Making Commitments

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 12, 2019

What can we say about making commitments? First, we can say that every commitment involves a “yes” and a “no.” Or, as the spiritual writer Evelyn Underhill wrote: “The road to a Yea lies through a Nay.” If I make a commitment to lose twenty pounds, for example, then I have to say “no” to […]

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Joy Harjo: The New U.S. Poet Laureate

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 5, 2019

We have a new U.S. Poet Laureate. What is a Poet Laureate? The Library of Congress calls the position “the nation’s official poet.” Through various projects, the Poet Laureate tries “to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.” The new U.S. Poet Laureate is Joy Harjo, 68, […]

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by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 29, 2019

One of my favorite cartoons shows two snakes. One is resting on the ground, his body relaxed in supple curves. The other is leaning against a tree, his body stiff and straight as a board. The one on the ground says to the other, “Charlie, you gotta learn to relax already!” Summer time is the […]

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Murphy’s Law and a Few Corollaries

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 22, 2019

Most of us have heard of Murphy’s Law. It is the popular adage that says, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” or “Things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them the chance.” Who wrote Murphy’s Law? No one knows for sure, but we do know its origin goes back pretty […]

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“God’s not Finished with Me Yet”

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 15, 2019

I like Brandon Heath’s song, “God’s not Finished with Me Yet”—also known as “Wait and See.” It is a reminder that God is still at work in my life. I know, in one way we can use those words as an excuse for our faults and shortcomings. We can say, “I know I was crabby… […]

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Quotations about Life

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 8, 2019

It is time for another visit to my quote collection. Those of you familiar with my blog, know I have a huge collection of quotes I have amassed since I was a college student! Every now and then, I like to share some of these quotations with you. Here are 18 quotes I have filed […]

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A Word about Wheelbarrows

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 1, 2019

I was watching the landscapers working at the new house next door. They were planting small trees and shrubs, and were moving soil and rocks. I noticed they were using a wheelbarrow. That got me to thinking: how far back do wheelbarrows go? And how do they work? This reflection is based on my “research.” […]

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