Winter’s Facade

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It is amazing how much life can be found beneath winter’s barren front. As I walked through the forest today a chorus of songbirds and the gentle trickle of the melting river comforted me. Several woodpeckers knocked in the distance; I wish I had binoculars so I could have looked for them.

Winter has a solemn way of appearing still and silent when seen through a window, but doesn’t everything lose its vigour when viewed through glass? Once you finally venture outside, you discover how much life is bustling amidst the frozen world.

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

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It is too easy to focus on every bad choice, and ever mistake we’ve made in the past. In fact, I think that all too often I get so caught up focusing on one mistake after another. How did I let it all go so wrong? The thing is, while it is important to recognize where we went wrong and how we can learn from it, dwelling on our mistakes for too long is harmful. Especially when we dwell for so long that we forget to recognize all the times we did something right.

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Rain Daze

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This house weeps when the rain sets in. Her old frame groans arthritic pain in the chilly wet. She isn’t so good at keeping out the elements any more. The broken roof tiles let moisture seep through the walls. The wallpaper lifts at its seams and the paint hangs in delicate chips. I can feel her desire to give up-if only we’d let her. We keep her alive like a patient on life-support, relatives too stubborn to let her die; she’s a prisoner to her own body.

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Christmas Limbo

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Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
Christmas in Australia on a scorchin’ summers day!

Well it’s Christmas Eve here in Australia, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it. And I don’t think that it is simply because I am away from home and this is different from any Christmas I have ever experienced. There is no snow, no seasonal Starbucks drinks, no cinnamon or gingerbread scents wafting through the air. Surprisingly that is not what I find odd about this Christmas. Read More »