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The Curtain of Vines

Mt. Gambier, a small town on the border between the Australian states of South Australia and Victoria, is reknown for several very large sinkholes. Most of these have been developed into beautiful gardens, and it was in the larger of these sinkhole gardens, known as...

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Selling Your Birthright

We're all familiar with the story: Esau, famished from his hunt, sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew: "One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, 'I'm starved! Give me some of...

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Evergreens

The many types of trees in the world can be simplistically placed into two categories: evergreens, which keep their leaves or needles all year long; and deciduous, which lose their leaves in the fall and do not put on new leaves again until the spring. What does this...

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Sick Time

It doesn't happen often, praise be to God, but I recently was off work for nearly a week with some kind of a virus. The last time I called in sick was 3.2 years ago. And before that? Hum. Maybe 9 years ago I was off for two days with a bad cough? The bottom line is,...

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Grumble and Complain

Have you ever been around a complainer? A person who always seems so down and everything that happens is bad and nothing looks as if it is improving. How long does it take for you to just want to move away from this type person? In no time you feel yourself being drug...

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The Two-Fold Blessing of Trials…

I had my 18 month Oncology check-up earlier this week. Though the news was all good, there was this one little test the Oncologist wished for me to undergo...Just to make sure... Suddenly I found myself faced with a decision: Do I get upset that there might be a...

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Self-Focused

As I finished a major project last night, one that had been taking up the majority of my time since August, I let out a victory shout. I fully expected my husband to join in, but he didn't. Surprised, I realized he was wearing earphones and didn't even hear my cry of...

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Neither Slumbers Nor Sleeps

It was four in the morning when it happened. I couldn't sleep, and I finally just got up. I had just picked up my new cell phone the day before, my first "smart" phone, and I decided to play with it a bit. Maybe it would help me go to sleep! I started out to try and...

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