Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Isn’t it strange how the most unexpected happens when we least expect it?  My TV remote recently demanded four new AA batteries. Finding only one AA in my battery drawer, I call my friend Peggy down the hall. Yes, she has batteries and will give them to me. This reminds me of my younger days when I’d walk across the street and ask Karnie for a cup of sugar. I should have expected an invitation for tea, but I didn’t. Peggy is known for offering a cup of tea and I notice two cups and saucers  already on the kitchen counter. Peggy has a whole kitchen drawer dedicated to tea bags. Choosing your flavor of the moment is a real task. As we sit in her living room in front of a set of windows we suddenly become conscious of movement behind us. I...

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Kansas City Art Institute Parents’ Day

Kansas City Art Institute Parents’ Day

What a privilege to visit an exciting, fascinating school yesterday. Mary, my daughter, invited me to join her for Foundation (that’s the freshmen) students Parents’ Day. The morning began in Vanderslice Hall of the Kansas City Art Insitute with a continental breakfast. That amazing red brick Flemish Queen Anne style mansion, built in 1895-96 houses the administrative offices of the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year college of art and design. We then crossed the street to gather in the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church to hear three presentations by faculty and administration that set the tone for visiting the student’s art work. Learning to be creative thinkers and a foundation of art history during the freshman year lays the...

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Sixty-Nine Years of Memories

Sixty-Nine Years of Memories

Smokey Mountain fall foliage drenched our honeymoon with stunning colors sixty-four years ago. Yesterday, baffling images swirled around me as I celebrated this  anniversary without my partner. Five years of dates before uttering those famous words, “I do” contain many precious memories also. Through out the years we watched leaves turn from green, to yellows and reds and always declared fall the best season. Today, he would love the stunning shimmering reds filling the view out my apartment window. Never the less, through the years, as soon as spring flowering trees burst into bloom we always declared, “spring is the best. I eagerly anticipate holding Zero Meridian, Five Degrees North (Rodney’s biography) in my hands before Christmas. Not...

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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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