He glistened — before he got into the water

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His gray hair and receding hairline seemed out of place with his rippling muscles as he eased himself into the lounge chair he’d erected in the sand. His arms, legs, and chest bore the tawny hue and slick sheen of a professional tanner.

His swim trunks were probably silk.

As he settled, facing the water and the scorching afternoon sun, eyes shut, the rest of us minced our way into the lake. Spring-fed, it felt exactly like iced tea. I wondered if ice cubes would even melt in this lake.

I finally advanced to waist-deep and noticed another woman inching…


How you can thrive in chaos

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We judge ourselves by our intentions; reality judges us by our behavior. — Dr. Henry Cloud.

When I was young, I had too much to do.

My husband used to tell me I’d get more done if I made a list.

I’d cry: “If I had time to make a to-do list, I’d not be crying right now!”

Eventually, I got better at planning and the list inside my day-planner became my constant friend.

It helped that I ran my home by a tight schedule — still had those too-many-to-do’s, after all.¹ …


Taking the forgiveness with it

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This is the bread which came down from heaven — as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” John 8:56

Whoever designed the architecture of my brother’s church made it for meditation.

Arched and laminated beams, sunlight infused with stained glass, and several anterooms worked together to create the lofty, glowing hush of an ancient cathedral. In the middle of a bustling U.S. capital.

Yet all was modern in the “cathedral”, down to bleached wood, brushed stainless trim and cobalt windowpanes. …


Wait for it

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One night, you’re sharing a long-buried-treasure idea, that the stars are like generators that send energy to the cosmos and keep everything going smoothly.

Looking at stars at night causes you to marvel. Wonder. Imagine.

Of course people think it’s endless.

It looks endless. Deep.

Yearnings to know more are common to us.

Because the night sky is ever-moving — and at the same time, static — questions arise. You’re flooded with questions.

Supposedly, those white pinpoints are all fire. Like the sun, constantly burning, hotter than imaginable. Blinding. Ferocious.

Yet the sky seems so dark and cool and intensely…


But the panic — yes

Elderly man with long hair but balding, washing his hands from a fire hydrant that is trickling a small stream of water.
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I’ve heard a lot of ridicule about the panic surrounding the C-19 event. Of course, there will always be someone ready to ridicule someone else who is acting in a ridiculous manner. As the course of this cold-related virus waxes in new places and wanes in old ones, it seems that most people are ignoring basic facts about basic hygiene, and basic care for others, while rushing hell-bent for me, me, me….

He who dies with the most tp wins this game? Let’s hope not.

A normal person (someone who usually keeps a bit of cleaning supplies on hand) who…


The Spring of your life can explain every season of life

barefoot toddler in yellow sundress, climbing out of a sandbox
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When I am snow-blind and it seems that the mountains and the trees are too distant and too tall, when I am having my December dreams, will you be here when I need you most of all? — David Buskin

When I was about three years old, I had aspirations.

I dreamed I could fly. I dreamed it so often, I arrived at believing it.

I wasn’t as bad about it as my little brother, on whom I had to tattle a few years later, to keep him from jumping off our house. …


Do you live where tornadoes happen often?

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Perhaps I ought to ask, “Do you live in the United States?” because the U.S. has the most tornadoes in the world.

You thought so, didn’t you?

For curiosity’s sake, here are NOAA statistics showing currently the 10 states that have the most tornadoes per year, in order of greatest to least:

  1. Texas
  2. Kansas
  3. Florida
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Nebraska
  6. Illinois
  7. Colorado
  8. Iowa
  9. Minnesota/Missouri — tied

Surprised? Me too

However, the states that have the most notorious tornadoes and your highest chances of experiencing the most damaging tornado are in the following five states:

Alabama, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, or Oklahoma.

They’re all tied for first, danger-wise.


You’ll wish you had thought of everything when it comes

Intersection of city streets during heavy snowfall. Tall buildings and trees, cars parked, one car driving, cinders on street
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Winter happens almost every year

Sometimes it can be very stormy. Other times it’s merely a wonderful way to reset the environment.

Many of us love to sit and watch winter blow by because, like the ant in the fable, we prepared. The rest of us suffer great discomfort and even death because we did not.

You don’t have to be a prepper to be sensible

This list probably is not complete. I add to it every year. But it will surely help you think and prepare and be sensible and smile.

  • Make sure you have enough foods that do not need cooking unless you have an alternative to electricity.
  • If you have electric heat…


On our fiftieth anniversary

Photo from author, 2012

What does it mean to spend a half a century with the same person?

I’m sure I only know the half of it. Or less. But I can tell my half.

A half-century of feeling secure

You never wavered at all from day one, from the goal of making sure I had shelter and warmth and food and clothing. I never gave provision one thought. Even during the very short time I worked outside our home while you finished your degree, I knew we had no needs. You made sure of that. I never worried about it.

Also, when the need sometimes arose, you protected me from attacks. It wasn’t often, but you were constant in that, too. I…

Katharine Trauger

Jesus lover. Writer, Speaker, Counselor, Professional Mom. Contest winner. Woods dweller. Scratch cook. Sorry your house really IS on fire. TheConqueringMom.com

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