Building Muslim Relationships

Building Muslim Relationships

In 1996 a small group of committed Muslims created the Crescent Peace Society as a vehicle to promote peace and understanding of the Muslim faith following the Oklahoma City bombing. My heart overflowed as I realized the gift of spending an evening with such a diverse crowd.

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The Beauty of Kansas

The Beauty of Kansas

Dazzling green surrounds the gravel roads through the Flint Hills. My sister, Pam and I exit I-35 at Emporia (KS) and drive south through Olpe. Continuing west and south of Olpe, our three-day journey to Arkansas City begins with adventure. We travel to visit life-long friends, but plan some back-road exploring on the way. Being alone with hills, curving roads, wild flowers and an occasional cow fills us with peace. Four killdeer cavorting in a creek provide the only distraction. We relish the perfect vistas, and soon see a sign to Teterville. Many years ago Rodney and I drove up the hill to Teterville and marveled at the view. Curiosity sent me to the internet: Teterville, a ghost town is located approximately 11 miles east of Cassoday. No buildings remain of...

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Writing Saved My Sanity

Writing Saved My Sanity

Fifty-eight years, eight months and twenty-one days after that first, “I do” Rodney Wilson drops to the floor with a “catastrophic brain hemorrhage.” About mid-afternoon the next day the nurse says, “I expect his heart rate and blood pressure to spike and then plummet.” This doesn’t register so I am shocked when it rapidly happens. The doctor arrives and declares the death at 8:45pm, June 5, 2011. I struggle to maintain a calm demeanor, but remain in a state of numb shock. My physical, mental and emotional realities switches off. Planning, notifying and receiving condolences fill the next few days. Timing for the Memorial Service becomes a question. The scheduling mustn’t be on his granddaughter, Nora’s birthday. Finally, the things that must be done...

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Absorbing Activity

Absorbing Activity

A trip to Minnesota with so many exciting moments means difficulty in knowing what to do next. A robin’s nest on a beam under the second story deck demands a lot of attention…both from the robin parents and us humans who like to watch.

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