Category Archives: Miscellaneous

This Is No Joke

    soul blog inspired by Matthew 18:21-35  Psalms103: 3 says He pardons all your iniquities, heals all your ills Isn’t that wonderful to hear how God is going to take care of us? Yet this is not going to … Continue reading

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Bad Hair Days and God

 Blog inspired by John: 12: 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of … Continue reading

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Don’t Move Over, T.S.Eliot: a poem about an unknown flower

In its way, this flower on the wide walkway leading up to the sanctuary at Gethsemane, was breathtaking. Lonesome. Tall. Blossoms both pink, white, faded, gentle, and possibly fragrant. It garnered my attention because of its beauty, and though I … Continue reading

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Heron as Teacher

Philip bought me two Mary Oliver poetry books for my birthday. Why I Wake Early, and Dog Songs. I love them. They are spiritual refreshment, beautiful to read, and sweet to go to sleep with, giving me hope, reinforcing my … Continue reading

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For Heaven’s Sake

Inspired by Matthew 16:21-28 When Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God,” he got it about Jesus. Right? But here he is responding to Jesus who is trying to show the disciples he is facing … Continue reading

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Love is of God–Ten Yen

Hi, I’m trying to get the word out about my latest book.  I am excited that it has just been published as an e-book, and it will also be available in print.  It’s a love story.  Perhaps the greatest desire of … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Many traditions have naming ceremonies.  In the West we even have ceremonies to name ships, but this blog/sermon is a different sort of naming inspired by Matthew 16: 13-20 Simon, son of Jonah. Simon Peter. You’d think it would be … Continue reading

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Ten Yen–the Making of a Monk–now available as an e-book

I am excited about this book which was released on August 21.  It came about after Ten Yen True, the sequel, was published. Why? My co-author, Amanda Armstrong’s husband, David Armstrong, wanted to know about the monk in Ten Yen … Continue reading

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Plugged into Grace

This blog was inspired by Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28: The Faith of a Canaanite *** Jesus did not say a word when the disciples asked him to send away the Canaanite woman.  He says nothing. Perhaps he is remembering what he … Continue reading

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Treasure

In a drawer where I keep tea-towels, I came across a secret compartment and found treasure, a bag containing silverware. Three pieces were vintage children’s cutlery, mementos from a Disney trip: Micky, Minnie, and Donald. I speculated that the former owner, … Continue reading

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