Monthly Archives: August 2010

Confessions of a Piano Teacher

I have taught piano lessons for almost 35 years. I wish that I had kept a record of all my students. While I can’t remember all of them, a few stand out. One such student is a little boy who … Continue reading

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How Big Is Your God?

In an old family movie I am 6 years old on a beach in California holding the hand of an adult cousin and watching the waves coming ashore. I am jumping up and down in anticipation with my wet pony tail flying. … Continue reading

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Learning from Grampa

My writing comes when I am passionate about something. This can be passionately angry, passionately happy, passionately thoughtful, or passionately determined. But, writing never comes when I am mundane. Sentimentality first hit me in college when I wrote a poem … Continue reading

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The New Kitchen

I love my new kitchen. It isn’t even done yet and I love it.  While I have always enjoyed cooking or baking, I haven’t exactly been known for my expertise, or even time spent, in the kitchen. Twenty-eight years ago … Continue reading

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The Old-Fashioned Clock

Ticking. The old-fashioned clock ticking, bringing old-fashioned memories of nights spent at Gramma and Grampa’s… Sitting on the edge of the bed, listening while Grampa told stories of life as a child in North Dakota. Of running into the front bedroom and … Continue reading

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Church Ladies

In a culture that demands formal teaching – from college degrees to seminar certificates – we often lose sight of the opportunities for informal teaching. We learn in the classroom; however, we also learn by observing – by seeing a … Continue reading

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Swinging through Life

I recently watched a video clip of a 7-year old missionary kid swinging and enjoying life. A visiting friend was taking the video and was asking her to speak in the language of the country where she lived. Everything was … Continue reading

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