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{pretty, happy, funny, real}: Lancaster County Day Trip Edition

My brother and his family and one of my aunts and uncles accompanied us to Lancaster County a few days ago. We went to Roots Auction, ate far too much at Shady Maple restaurant, and drove around the countryside for awhile. Some of us made our way to Hannah’s Quilts, at the farm of our […]

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Five Tips for Planning a Big Party

Last weekend my siblings and our families gave a fiftieth anniversary party for my parents. My head is still spinning a bit with all of it, but I want to share some things that made our big celebration a big success: 1. Start ahead, start way ahead. It’s not just that you need to schedule […]

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This Land was Made for You and Me

Why did we take the trouble to drive more than 6,000 miles and across at least 14 states during three weeks? I suppose, like Mr. Simon says, we were looking for America, or at least bits of it we don’t normally encounter in our mid-Atlantic lives. We found it in the ever-changing landscape; even in […]

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Canyon Chills

This has been a blah travel day after a time of glory yesterday. Today: We left Tusayon, AZ just outside Grand Canyon to see Monument Valley and The Four Corners. Kevin felt badly from the time we left – don’t know if he has a stomach bug or what, but it is worse than the […]

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{pretty, happy, funny, real}: Yellowstone!

We are in Yellowstone with all of my side of the family for eight days of celebrating my parents’ fifty years of marriage. The only hard part of doing this post is narrowing down the choices of all that has been pretty, happy, funny, and real this week. Pretty The mineral springs and geysers are […]

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Big Thoughts from a Small Person

During this trip, our plan is to have each of the men take an evening to lead a Bible study or devotional. My brother-in-law, Matt, was first up last night. He took us to Job to think about God’s questions about who Job thought he was to question God, the One who created and supports […]

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Those Badlands Ain’t So Bad!

Driving across South Dakota is a revelation over and over of unexpected landscape. Just when one is  thinking, “Uh-huh: grass, grass, grass. Dotted cows, dotted cows, dotted cows,” one tops a little rise and finds spread out in all directions these incredible swirl-y, mound-y hills that layer and flatten out and rise again. Then it […]

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The “Out West” Trip Begins

Pennsylvania: hills, mountains, trees, hills mountains, trees Ohio: hills, no mountains, trees, open space, shorter hills, still no mountains, fewer trees, more open space Indiana: no hills, no mountains, some trees. I would bike everywhere if I lived here. Illinois: no hills, no mountains, some trees, corn, corn, corn. Oh yes: road construction, road construction, […]

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Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping Into the Future

I have been spending a lot of time standing at the stove flipping crepes and standing at the island filling and rolling crepes over the last several days. It has given me plenty of time for that zoned-out, meandering, non-thinking kind of thinking that is too often missing in my life of appointments, facebook, trip-planning, […]

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Because My Hair is on Your Undershirt – That’s Why You Have to Do What I Say

Gardening is my thing in our family. Everybody else likes to look at and eat the results, but they don’t usually participate in the planting, weeding, deadheading, and so on unless requested to help. And I don’t usually ask for it, probably because I was made to work in our very large yard and extensive […]

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