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My attention was caught by the sight of four or five little bunnies chasing around the backyard.  The dinner dishes could wait.  I grabbed my camera and moved quietly to the deck.  The bunnies froze but the light had faded and I could not get a clear picture without moving closer and chasing them off.  So I sat and watched and as I watched, I realized that they seemed to disappear – their fur blended so well with the colors of the garden.  When they finally hopped away, I wandered into the neglected garden.  And there I found another treasure – blooms on the butterfly bush.  At first, they looked grey against the evening sky but as I got closer, I saw these beautiful purple flowers with orange centers.  It took me a few tries but I was able to capture the wonder of this sweet flower with my camera.

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back in the saddle

After a month off while I was nursing my injured elbow, I am back to drumming.  It has been hard to slow down the pace, practice for 15 minutes instead of 30, wear the elbow brace, pay attention to the pain.  But my lesson last night was great.   And it made me think again of the process of learning and the importance of the teacher-student relationship.  Learning something new, something so out of my day-to-day, is hard work.  And while I need my teacher to say good job, it must ring true.  I wonder how we can give children the praise and feedback they need to keep working at learning, even when it is hard?  I know when I go into the classrooms today, this question will be on my mind.

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at the foot of the cross

Sitting in worship these last two days, an image came to me – those women, at the foot of the cross.  I cannot imagine the grief they must have felt, watching Jesus suffer and die such a horrible death.  One of my friends told me that her small group would be watching The Passion on Good Friday.  At the Good Friday service I attended, there was darkness, shadows,  a large wooden cross, quietly carried into the sanctuary.  I know that I need these symbols, these reminders, my own time to stand at the foot of the cross.

At the foot of the cross by Kathryn Scott

At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received

And You’ve won my heart
Yes You’ve won my heart
Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross
Where I am made complete
You have given me life
Through the death You bore for me

I’m laying every burden down
I’m laying every burden down

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28 days of wondering and writing.  This morning I woke up thinking, today is the end, or is it?  I seem to remember a children’s book that had that on the last page.  It is the end of February, the end of my 28 day personal challenge, but tomorrow is a new month and a new challenge.  And so, filled with hope and wonder and gratitude, I put this month to rest and look toward new opportunities to wonder and write.

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Fridays offer a joy just for being the last day of the work week and holding the promise of the weekend.  Yesterday I received an additional nugget of joy.  I dropped my coat and bag on the front bench and proceeded to the kitchen to clean out my lunch bag (a task that I have found gets forgotten if not done immediately).  On the counter was a card, hand addressed, and bearing the return address of a friend from long ago.  Katie and I began to revive our friendship after our 30th high school reunion.  I didn’t attend that reunion but my brother did and he asked Katie for her email, telling her he would pass it on to me.  For the last 6 years, we have written both email and letters back and forth.  It has been awhile since I heard from her so this was a welcome surprise.  She, like many others, had purchased and even addressed Christmas cards but they never got sent.  But she didn’t put them away so when the moment arrived with some time to breath, she pulled one out and wrote a lovely note to me, catching up on the busy-ness of her life this last year.  What a gift!

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This is a month of bookend birthdays and this year we celebrated one in person and one long distance.  I wonder what kind of birthday celebrations our kids will create as they start their own families?  I am sure they will include some yummy, gluten-free cake!

I am grateful today for the time and energy to write daily.  I am looking forward to another month of slices with The March Slice challenge. 

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I haven’t been knitting much lately.  Getting all those scarves and hats done created a bit of a sore elbow.  But I do want to begin a prayer shawl so I am playing with some patterns.  I am in awe of the people who write knitting patterns.  How do they know what stitches, decreases and increases, will create the lovely lace work or a pattern that ebbs and flows.  Turns out that I had one stitch wrong on this one so I will start again, now that I know how to sskp.  I really don’t mind starting over with knitting.  In fact, at time it seems cathartic to un-knit and begin again.

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