Our daughter Ally was four years old, and it was Christmas Eve. The stockings were hung (on the chair – no chimney in our little basement apartment). The cookies were baked, carefully arranged on a plate, and set out for Santa with a glass of milk and a letter (and a carrot for the reindeer).…

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It’s an extreme understatement to note that this has been a very unusual year. We’re not sure how the rest of you in the US decided to celebrate (or not celebrate) the Thanksgiving holiday, but we started in October. Yep, over a month early, and the festivities continue with no end in sight! Hey, gratitude…

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Have you talked with a teen lately?    I had the privilege of talking with a wonderful 16-year-old this week. She said, “I won’t be able to vote for the president for four more years, but what happens now has a big impact on me anyway.”    Powerful words of wisdom from one so young.…

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Several years ago, our little granddaughter, Alicia, spent the night with us. When she awoke the next morning, she looked at me and said, “I had the worst nightmare ever last night!” Alicia was seven years old, so I was very interested in what her “worst nightmare ever” could be.   She dreamed she was…

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We spent a few days camping in the mountains as a family – the great outdoors provides many beautiful ways to be together and still keep the social distance we need in our family due to preexisting medical conditions.   Quite understandably, our 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Rebecca, wanted more than anything to pick the lovely wildflowers,…

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Bergen, a beautiful coastal city, is ringed by seven magnificent mountains and is the gateway to Norway’s famous fjords, including a narrow inlet with steep cliffs on both sides into which whales often wander. For hundreds of years, this inlet was a major source of livelihood for the people living along this unique coastline. Men…

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