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Lessons From Pets

Garden Trust

We sat on the verandah for morning tea and my husband reminisced on his ramblings through our garden. He said he often comes across interesting natural phenomena. Especially so in springtime, he said. It may be a swarm of bees resting after leaving a hive, or a...

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White Butterfly

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5,6) My husband and I were threading our way down the path from our trek up to the waterfall. Nothing around....

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The Solid Rock

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7 NIV) My body groaned as I spit the powdery stuff out of my mouth. What on earth was I doing with snow in my mouth? Why was I lying on such a cold floor? Why was I lying...

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The Squirrel

My dog and I were witnesses to the funniest sight the other day: A squirrel, running in place! We were just recovering from a 15 cm snow fall the day, and it was -20° C. The roads hadn't been cleared yet, and anyone who's run in ankle-deep snow knows that it is...

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Know the Voice

We have a family of little blue wrens who come looking for food several times a day. I have found they like a certain mixture which I make and crumble small so that they can pick it up easily. When they hear the screen door open, they flying out of an invisible...

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China’s Last Flight

It was a sad night. China, my son's pet Lineolated Parakeet lay in my hands, shivering, feathers ruffled, close to death. I had taken her to the vet earlier in the day, and I had learned that she suffered from a rare condition: Her body didn't absorb the iodine that...

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An Andrew Thing

As my husband says, ants always seem to find me and, I have a fascination with them. They are pretty interesting insects. I’ve written about them a couple of other times and how I can never seem to be rid of them. This morning they were in the sink. I could not tell...

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