Magical Memoir Moments

WE THE RESILIENT by Ernesto Yerena

Grandma Power: Why I Marched

I didn’t go to hear celebrities. I didn’t go because I expected to agree with every sign or every chant. I didn’t go because I thought a march would instantly solve any problem. I went because I felt called. I had the very same feeling Teresa Shook, retired lawyer and grandmother of four, had when…

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These brass bookends were an inauguration gift from my brother- and sister-in-law.

Bookends: Satisfying, Surprising, or Stultifying?

I’ve been doing a lot of de-cluttering lately. Beginning of a new year, returning from a semester away, it’s time to cull books, which leads to rearranging wall hangings and other objects of art. Like these: I saw these beautiful bookends in a new way this week. They commemorate a momentous time in my life,…

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Jubilee Time: Chronos or Kairos?

This has been a week when I am back to keeping a schedule. Or trying to. Today a forgot a lunch date until 20 minutes past the appointed hour. So embarrassing! It was a very busy morning, starting with 6:30 birthday song chorus from Owen and Julia for Granddad’s birthday, then a trip to the…

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Teaching and Learning Across the Life Span: 2017 Here We Come!

As the new year begins, I am connected to young grandchildren and to the honors students, seniors at Eastern Mennonite University, I am preparing to teach this semester. Beyond this semester, I look forward to becoming a “grannynanny” again next fall.

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The shirt reads, "When you are an excellent grandma, you get promoted to Great Grandma.

A Pennsylvania Christmas: A Living Example of Jubilación

On the way east from Collegeville, Minnesota, the last stop we made before turning south was at Landis Homes, the retirement community where my mother lives. There 40 descendants of Richard and Barbara Ann Hess Hershey gathered to celebrate Christmas. In the middle of our circle sat the grande dame, the matriarch, the dowager empress….

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Apartment #7 facing Stumpf Lake.

The Sweet Sorrow of Saying Goodbye to Collegeville

What a week this has been! We had our last worship services, our last seminar and wine and cheese after party, and now the packing. This afternoon, in zero degree temperatures, my camera said good-bye to my dear cottage by the lake. Last night we celebrated Christmas lavishly. Each scholar contributed the three elements of…

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Vocation: How Do We Listen for a Joyful Calling at Any Age?

Vocation, or calling, gives purpose to life. The questions that help us listen for who we are and what God wants for us are remarkably similar at any age. My young colleague Jess reminded me of this truth this week.

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I see it!

From the Candy Cane Tree in Virginia to the Great Hall Tree in Minnesota

Once upon a time, a family set out in search of a tree. They had never heard of a Candy Cane Tree before.   After finding the Candy Canes, they searched for a tree they could take home. Thanks, Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm, for a great adventure. When Grandma returned to Minnesota, she got to…

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“Madonna with Child,” the work of the distinguished artist, Alexander Tylevich. Photo by Aelred Senna, OSB

Waiting: As the Children Journey Home

Tonight in the quiet, I wait for children and grandchildren. I imagine God to be waiting for us also.

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Super moon by Rebecca Breems

Hope and Perseverance in Post-Election America

It’s been harder than usual to focus on words this past week. As I searched for words, I also walked, reviewing and reflecting upon the sights and sounds in my world since the election. Sights   Sounds For several weeks, I have looked forward to seeing Krista Tippett and Courtney Martin again, two friends I…

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