Not Objects Exactly

December 5, 2016

Mouse in the House

August 15, 2016

The Hut

August 1, 2016

My Courage Mantra

December 12, 2017

When my thoughts are tangled and knotted by fear—What will he think of me? Why, why, WHY did I act that way? How will I face them again? What if what I tell her ruins her life?—the following things I tell myself. The telling, and the knowing, give me courage: No one cares about you. Not really. Sure, your family loves you, and you need …

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How Babies Are Made (A Part You Might Not Know)

December 5, 2017

Did you know that you and your lover are capable of generating more than 70 trillion unique individuals between you? This diversity is generated by combining a randomly chosen half of your 46 chromosomes—the strings of DNA and protein that make you the person you are—with a randomly chosen half of your partner’s 46 chromosomes, for a multiplicity of possible arrangements. Only not quite randomly. …

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And the Winner Is…

December 1, 2017

The winner of Dorcas Smucker’s latest book, Fragrant Whiffs of Joy, is Jessica E. Congratulations, Jessica! This drawing was done using the true random number generator at Random.org. For those of you who didn’t win, you can still order a copy. Contact Dorcas Smucker at 31148 Substation Drive, Harrisburg, OR  97446. Email address: dorcassmucker@gmail.com. Books are $12 each plus $2 postage. You can pay by check or …

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The Truth about Perception

November 29, 2017

That’s me standing at the front in the picture above, reading The Arrowhead to the assembled adults at the Shell Lake Public Library. I also read them excerpts from Anything But Simple, and we had a Q and A afterward. I would post pictures from the Shell Lake Library Facebook page of me with my mouth and hands in odd positions, but my blog platform …

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Fragrant Whiffs of Joy – Book Review and Giveaway

November 21, 2017

Several years ago—late summer 2013, according to old emails I pulled up—I visited the Willamette Valley and was invited to an Anabaptist writers’ gathering. I was awed when I heard the event was to be hosted at the home of author Dorcas Smucker, whose books Mom sold in our bookstore. She was a professional author, with a newspaper column and everything. I felt I was moving up …

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You Are Cordially Invited

November 15, 2017

What: A book signing for The Arrowhead, just released in November. Where: At Miller’s Country Bookstore near Conrath, Wisconsin Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Need a fun and educational Christmas gift that carries the kind of message you want your children and grandchildren to absorb? Come to Miller’s Country Bookstore to buy an autographed copy of my new children’s …

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My Brothers the Butchers and Me, the Clean-Up Lady

November 14, 2017

When I used to say that old nursery rhyme about the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, I always imagined the butcher as a beefy man with a white apron and a big knife. I never imagined then that I would one day have not one, but four family members who are butchers. Let me introduce you to my three brothers, the owners of Conrath …

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Going about this Business of Being

November 7, 2017

I have a sister who used to say about some thought or emotion she felt, “Oh, I don’t want to tell because then it won’t be special anymore.” I think that’s sometimes how it is for a writer. Life always talked about becomes life lived on the surface. Real experiences and nibbles of thought, when they are always and immediately displayed, have no time to …

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Asher Witmer’s Review of Anything But Simple

October 16, 2017

Asher Witmer is the author of one of my favorite blogs. He is both relevant and honest in writing about his own struggles in his Christian walk and about the struggles and needs of the Church as a whole. I love that he does not contain his words within the box of a certain denomination but makes them broad enough to include everyone. I also …

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