Small Stories of a Big God

And A Lot of Patience

If you are really a Cape Codder, you will never admit that the weather is good – at least without adding a disclaimer like, "What a beautiful day! But tomorrow it's supposed to rain/snow/hail..." True to my 40 years of being what is called a "wash-a-shore" on this...

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Just An Ordinary Superhero

Steve Rogers. Britt Reid. Tony Stark. Do any of these names ring a bell? Okay...how about Peter Parker? Bruce Wayne. Here we go – Clark Kent! Yep...you got it. Superheroes, in their not-so-super everyday selves. I haven't given this much thought since the days of...

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Unfriending Facebook in Three Not-So-Easy Steps

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 Four clicks and done. The directions to delete a Facebook account seemed simple enough. But alas - by the third click, the plan was unraveling. Why? the...

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Feeling Young Again

*** I am so pleased to once again, share a  post with you from my son and favorite guest blogger, Miles Macleod. It is a beautiful and insightful take on Matthew 18:3. You can follow his family blog on macleodsonthemove.weebly.com. Enjoy!     So it's been...

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The Way to Wellness

The pain awakened me. My feet were throbbing, and the ache reached up to the back of my knees. I lay still trying to figure this out, then realized as I readjusted my body that my back, neck and head hurt too. I remembered swimming in Nantucket Sound a few days...

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Color-Coded Chaos

Will finished his cigarette and  took one last look around his yard, his house then grabbed his cooler and shoved it into the back of his black pickup and rode off. I could see him through my sunroom window where I pray every morning, through the thin layer of cedar...

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The Top Ten Things Mama Taught Me

Manners. I hated learning them and I was the only girl north of Baltimore who knew how to curtsy. I was banished from many meals, red with shame for "smacking my lips” or slipping an elbow onto the table. It was often absurd and out of touch, but included in that...

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Just a Dog (Not a Dog Spelled Backwards)

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God's work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT Georgia is a dog. Georgia is my new dog. She's as sweet as a...

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Love Lessons From Jail

"First Corinthians 13..." I'm opening a small Bible that I brought to give to one of the inmates. "Where is that?" Jessica asks. "It's right here." I push the Bible towards her, keeping my finger on the page. Kara glares at her from across the table. It's her Bible...

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The Last Escape

  My eyes snapped open as I heard the soft creak of the stairs, the gentle whoosh of the front door, then a few minutes later, an engine turn over. As it idled for a minute, my husband rolled over next to me. "Why does she do that?" he asked in a half-asleep...

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Fox Hunters and Heart Keepers

Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom.” Song of Solomon 2:15 ESV          "It's my fault," my husband admitted as we scooped the garbage into a new bag. "I should've put a lid on it." He says it's squirrels...

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And Be Thankful

Grateful. The rain falls straight and dense, hammering the gutters and bulkhead doors in a staccato rhythm. Stay in. It's November, it's the day before Thanksgiving and two days before Black Friday. Traffic is thick and edgy. My husband and I just celebrated 20 years...

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Finished and Famous Already

  Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV Yesterday was a big day, according to my granddaughter Olive. Two events made it so: Number One, she lost another tooth. Number Two, her Ama (me) became "famous."...

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Go Again

Hello friends! I am delighted to post a guest blog from one of my favorite people on earth – my son, Miles Macleod. This is a beautiful, timely message that really resonated with some of the deep stirrings that God is bringing to the surface in my own life. I know you...

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Temporarily A Monster

Confession: I was going to just put a big Temporarily Out of Business sign on this blog. I am in the final steps of completing a book I have been working on forever, and my focus has shifted. The book calls me constantly– when I’m cooking, driving, working, even...

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A Father’s Perfect Love

*** Dear friends- in the beautiful but sometimes perplexing spirit of Father’s Day, I am reposting this from 2017.  I pray it will bless and minister to someone!   Pawwwwwt Chestah!! I can still hear the conductor holler over the clack and rattle of the train and...

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Waiting with the Robins

March did not start with a roar this year; it came in more like a wet dog than a lion. I was born in March, so I’ve always been a defender of the month that most New Englanders despise. It is, after all, a gloomy, raw, merciless month. Wind, rain, sometimes snow and...

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The Real Valentine (it’s not at CVS)

Like most Hallmark holidays, Valentine’s Day, a day that supposedly promotes love, has a high probability of doing the opposite. Ok maybe not promoting “hate” – how about just plain old anxiety/depression? I’ve noticed a trend in health care over the last few years....

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Skipping Back to Jesus (Lessons From an ADHD Nurse)

“The school wants you to skip a grade,” my mother said, like you would say, The dentist wants to drill your teeth. I checked her expression, my 7-year-old face turning slightly towards her voice. She was downcast. Tired. It had been a year of multiple trips to the...

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Turkeys That Fly and Other Miracles

Turkeys don’t fly. Or so we thought. My husband and I were taking a walk to town when we passed a young man on a bike. “I might be crazy but I think I just saw some turkeys taking off from a roof over there!” He was breathless, and looked back over his shoulder at us...

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How to Break Up a Monster Party

Sometimes I wish I could forget. Memories that haunt like ghoulish apparitions, or some so painful they still take my breath away – are all unwanted guests. Sometimes they hide in closets, other times they party all night, but they remain. God has mercifully removed a...

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Vermont Odyssey

I slapped the new magnet to my fridge. It wasn’t easy finding a Vermont magnet with cows on it. My husband and I just returned from our anniversary trip up north, choosing Vermont this time. It's well-known to C.B. but it's been a good 40 years since I tripped and...

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Where Does It Hurt?

“Where does it hurt?” My hip, I told the doctor, placing my hand on my right leg. She paused, then said, “Let me look in your mouth.” I smiled at the paper towel taped over my doctor’s nose and mouth and the roll of tape tied to the top of her head. Health care really...

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Old Nurses Never Die; They Just Have Surgery

Robin. I had penned the letters over silk tape and stuck it to a locker 7 years ago. I caught the corner and pulled it off, closed the empty locker door and headed out, taking one last look at the small break room. The room is tucked away, off a hallway used by...

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Don’t Be Cliche`

Dear friends, Not only am I proud to be Spencer's mom, but Miles and Jake's mom too. I have been bugging my son Miles for a blog for four years. Finally, he sent a copy of a baccalaureate graduation speech he gave for his high school students. The last third of this...

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