Not Objects Exactly

December 5, 2016

Mouse in the House

August 15, 2016

The Hut

August 1, 2016

The Escape Room

January 16, 2018

Saturday evening I engaged in a rescue mission to free a man who had got on the wrong side of the Eau Claire mafia and was locked up in a small cabin room with only sixty minutes of oxygen left. I with four siblings—Jeff, Chad, Benny, and Elizabeth—our friend Jayden, and Benny’s fiancée, Tricia, ransacked the cabin looking for clues that would tell us how …

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Death, Love, and Choices in 2018

January 10, 2018

I felt honored by those of you who took the time and effort to answer my survey questions last week. I got to know a few readers better and was introduced to some I had never met. Thank you! I noticed common themes. A number of people have experienced the loss of loved ones this year. Some are facing health issues in themselves or their …

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Survey 2018

January 2, 2018

If I was as professional in blogging as Asher Witmer, I would present you all with a carefully worded survey done through Survey Monkey to discover your interests, struggles, and demographics. Maybe next year. This year, I’ve formulated an unprofessional survey of my own. I call it…ahem… Four Questions to Start the New Year Since we all know that no year, ever, in the history …

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In the Aftermath of Christmas

December 27, 2017

In the aftermath of Christmas, our cupboard is cluttered with goodies. A plate of monster cookies and a quarter of a bucket of raisin-filled cookies, candy canes, the remnants of a cheese ball, an assortment of candied peanuts, a bowl of popcorn spices, two giant Reese cups with a mini pie-shaped slice cut from one of them, whipped honey and honey comb and honey sticks, …

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The Advent of Redemption

December 19, 2017

It is morning. Sorta. 10:00 already, and I spent a good hour accomplishing the single upload of a single photo. And there you see it, the photo at the top of this blog post of my nieces (who take this whole photo business very seriously) and me (the proud aunt who loves my nieces and nephews all the more since I don’t have any of my own). …

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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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