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As Time Goes By


When our son Jeffrey was around two or three years old, he became fascinated with clocks and telling time. He really did not comprehend the concept of time (do any of us really?), but he was sort of getting the idea of telling time on the hour or half hour, and that was about it.

The first “o’clock” he learned was 4 o’clock. Every time he looked at the clock, the time was 4 o’clock, whether it was or not. When friends would visit, they were amazed at how…

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Looking at the Holidays


I would like to share with you some thoughts about the upcoming holidays that have become apparent to me over my years of study with A Course in Miracles.

Although the Course does not speak of Thanksgiving, and some of our readers don’t live in the United States where this is a major holiday, I would like to offer insight into the spirit of this holiday…

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Dreaming


Growing up, my family spent many lazy days on the rugged, mystical Oregon coast where my grandmother lived. The drive from where we lived near Portland, through the mountains to the coast, was beautiful.

On one such trip, when I was very young, I remember sitting in the back seat and needing to look up to see out of the car window. I was mesmerized as I saw…

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Connection


I recently read a newspaper article about the death of billions of honeybees. Researchers are trying to determine why the bees are dying at such an alarming rate. The motivation for the research is the fact that these worker bees are responsible for the monumental task of pollinating $14.6 billion worth of the nation’s fruit and vegetable crops annually.

Here is yet another example of how interconnected we are with every living thing…

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A Vote for Healing


When our ballots to vote in this year’s election arrived in the mail, our son Jeff asked if we could all vote together. We were not going into the polls because they had not opened yet. But, he wanted us to sit down at the kitchen table and vote together as a family. This is not the first election Jeff has voted in; he cast his first vote at the age of eighteen in 2016. But this year was important to him, as it was for my husband Paul and me. So, we sat together…

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The Genius of Geese


“Don’t be a silly goose!” Have you ever heard that saying? When I was growing up, I remember hearing it all the time. It was a cute way of saying you were acting foolish and needed to stop that behavior and get the job done! However, if you know anything about geese, you might realize geese are anything but silly, and they certainly know how to get the job done in an efficient, compassionate, and caring fashion. We could all benefit from being a little more like a goose…

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The Power of Grace


During these challenging times in our world, it is appropriate to take a moment to acknowledge the gift that God is always holding out to us: grace. As we read in Workbook lesson 168, “If you but knew the meaning of His Love, hope and despair would be impossible. For hope would be forever satisfied; despair of any kind unthinkable. His grace His answer is to all despair, for in it lies remembrance of His Love.”

So many times in our lives, our pain and suffering seem too much to bear…

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A Prayer From the Past


We often wonder why prayer doesn’t work. In The Song of Prayer (supplement to A Course in Miracles) we read, “The secret of true prayer is to forget the things you think you need…” (S-I.4:1) and let them go into God’s hands. It goes on to say that as we pray in this fashion, we are acknowledging that we would have no gods before God, and no love but His. We truly want what God would give us in any situation so that “Thy will be done.”

These ideas give us a little insight as to why some of our prayers seem to go without an answer…

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The Lesson in a Sunflower


The sunflower is amazing. It is not only a beautiful flower, but it’s also a food source. Its seeds are nutritious and can be ground into flour and oil. Additionally, there are non-food uses such as in dye, medicinal products, and as treatments for the hair and skin. The history of the sunflower can be traced back to 3000 BC, as it was cultivated by the American Indian in what is present day Arizona and New Mexico. Yes, the sunflower is amazing!

But, the sunflower also has a message of truth to share with us…

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