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Not Odd

While collecting cucumbers, we overlooked many odd-looking, smaller, rounder ones until they were mostly orange-yellow. Izzy and I assumed they would be unpalatable and immediately let the hens enjoy them.

Rummaging through the twisted maze of vines the following day, I targeted the rounder, ripe, green cukes. I also found a few remaining yellow-orange ones. Some were longer, more like slicers but with a twisted tip – like a fuzzy, bumpy little tail. I also picked some that had just begun to turn yellow-ish.

Once indoors I sliced one of each shape and color and arranged them on a plate for a taste test. A dirty duty, I know…

Though the yellower skins were distinctively harder, to my surprise those cukes tasted fuller, actually sweeter than the green cucumbers.

Soon the phone rang. After the lengthy conversation I was anxious to finish my project and get to work. Even so, I went a step further peeling a slice of each kind of cucumber. Then, feeling pressed for time I sat at the table and continued my Bible reading.

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2:2-4 (NIV)

Hmmm… Lifting my fork as I pondered I noticed that, aside from diameter and thickness, no slice or seed was distinguishable from another. They tasted, well, like cucumbers without much variance. Certain there was more, I continued perusing the sidebars:

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29 (NIV)

I chewed on this thought while putting the remaining slices in a pitcher of ice water.

Though they all looked quite different from the outside and came from separate vines, each of the plants came from the same bag of seeds. I suspect their only difference are the amounts of water and sunlight they get, some being closer to the treeline.

Yet they were all exactly the same on the inside.

What a wonderful world this is. How much better when we focus upon one anothers’ similitudes rather than our differences.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2,3 (NIV)




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Stealing Their Humanity With Our Kindness

I adore and serve Jesus the same as this adorable, bright Rebecca Frech and I still love Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers <3. Check her out:

We were cruising through the grocery store when I heard Ella say to herself, “Ugh. I hate that.” I looked around and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary, so I asked, ” What do you hate?” “When moms tell…

Source: Stealing Their Humanity With Our Kindness


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Spirit Animal Blog Award

Spirit Animal Award

Spirit Animal Blog Award

Not much else lifts me like peer recognition.  When Kelly Miles honored me with the Spirit Animal Blog Award last week I was buried, and yet the notification blasted me through. If you haven’t met her through her fascinating blog, Author Kelly Miles be sure to take a look at one of the kindest members of the blogosphere!


Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to that page.
  2. Post the award picture on your blog.
  3. Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.
  4. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
  5. Pick and notify ten nominees.

(L)Cochise; Timber Wolf/American Husky and (R) Bonnie’s Solo; Buffalo Wolf/Alaskan Malamute celebrating Christmas in AZ








My blog signifies to me that I overcame my fears of submitting and criticism (okay, unintentionally offending readers) and put my work out there.

As for what animal I think I’d like to be: I deduce I’d be a better wolf candidate than any other creature.

2014-05-06 11.50.14-1For decades I volunteered with several organizations rescuing wolves and wolf dogs (which I believe are the world’s most conflicted and misunderstood creatures): simply put, we seem to have kindred souls and I speak most canid dialects. For a season I actively lobbied to pass laws for stricter penalties for offenders and to stop the capture of wolves and breeding wolves with domestic dogs. Too many humans overlook how irresponsible this is – while they are both canids and (as of 1990) wolves and domestic breed dogs were indistinguishable by DNA, their natures conflict. One instinctively avoids man, the other (mostly) likes to please man.

Even so, very often my wolf companions led me through their healing journeys which I believe also helped me even more.  I’m more like them than any other animal I can think of (except maybe a whale 😉 ; pack oriented, loyal, astounding endurance, and fierce defenders of their territory. I like the idea of being a golden eagle, but I’m uneasy at heights lately. Or a horse. I think I’d make a grand horse.

We don’t have such options, so I continue pressing onward, embracing my imperfections and learning to appreciate myself as a work in progress.

Solo Horse Roo

Solo, Buffalo wolf/Alaskan Malamute and Roo c. 1993

My Spirit Animal Blog Award Nominees:

1. Arlene Powers at Arlene Powers Bird Art and Discussion Site
2. Suddenly Single in Marin, Surely the Wild and Whimsical know their Animal Spirits
3. Patrick Marsh at What the Basement Said, Dachshunds and monsters are animals. Right?
4. Bob Mayer at Write on the River.
5. Yechielyah at The BPS Blog
6. Sarahs Attic of Treasures
7. Charles French Words Reading and Writing
8. Corngoblin
9. Diane at Ladies Who Lunch Reviews
10. Cynthia at Tales for Life

thank you

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)


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