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Fruitful Thinking

  • Waiting for Benny

    My son James' cat, Benny, had been behaving stranger than usual the last couple of days. Strange enough to warrant a trip to the vet. After multipl...
  • Life As It Is

    Praise God, I have been blessed to live well into my sixties. Looking back, almost everything I've experienced, good or bad, has been pretty much u...
  • Journey to the Cross

    My first clear memory of Easter is standing next to my Grandpa Frank in the little Presbyterian church he and Grandma Floy attended. I wore a new ...
  • Peggy's Hummingbird Bread (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love)

    When I was a little girl, Peggy, our next door neighbor, made the most wonderful banana bread. My mom didn't bake much so when I caught a whiff of ...
  • Keep Calm (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace)

    During our forty-six years of marriage Rich and I have experienced our share of family crises and even heartbreak. We both have a role to play in t...
  • The Sound of Grace (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love . . .)

    Have you ever been surprised by a smell or sound that creates a vivid memory of another time or place? It happened to me. A friend e-mailed me a mu...
  • Making Good Time in the Wrong Direction (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Patience . . .)

    I became lost, confused and very frustrated on my way to visit my friend, Keri, at her new condo in Beaverton. She gave me written directions so I ...
  • SOLD! (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace)

    "Contentment is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have." Author Unknown . I don't know what springtime means to you. I live in the...
  • Unrepeatable Life (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Goodness)

    I avoid animal shows on TV at all costs. Something is always stalking, killing and eating something else. I realize everything needs to eat and und...
  • TIME TRAVEL (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love)

    Do you ever experience a feeling without initially understanding the reason behind it? Well, I did this morning. I woke up early feeling sad and an...
  • Pepito (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love)

    Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so I thought this weeks topic should be love. I decided to share an essay adapted from the Love chapter in Fruit Flies ...
  • And Your Name Is? (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Kindness)

    The national head of the company I worked for knew my name! I couldn't believe it. I'd met him at a conference over a year ago—I must have made qui...