Posts By: dukeslee

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Friday 21st November 2008

More Thankfulness

Can one be too thankful? I think not. Yesterday, I pulled up a chair (or rather a bed) to L.L. Barkat’s Thanksgiving feast. Today, I’m responding to my friend Steph’s challenge to list “Ten Thanksgivings.” I could tell you about my loving family, our abundant ...

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Thursday 20th November 2008

Beds

Beds

Amidst the laundry-room clutter, I found two rectangular Kleenex boxes atop the dryer. In my hands, they were destined for the garbage bin. But then I saw the contents: each box held a Beanie Baby, resting in white nests of fluffy tissues. From trash, the girls had made beds for two of their ...

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Tuesday 18th November 2008

Intentional

Intentional

I returned home last night from a three-day weekend retreat called Cursillo with a challenge from a pastor to “be intentional.” What, he asked, are we going to do to be intentional in our lives? What are we really going to do to intentionally change the thing that needs changing? I ...

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Thursday 13th November 2008

Three

Three

For Christians, there’s deep meaning in three. Three days in the belly of a fish. Daniel’s prayers, three times a day. Three crosses on a hill. Rising from the grave … on Day Three. In One, are Three. I love three. And for the next three days, I won’t be here, at Getting ...

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Tuesday 11th November 2008

My Favorite Veteran

My Favorite Veteran

He’s a man of honor and quiet strength. He doesn’t talk much about his years in Vietnam. God got him through, he tells us, and that alone is really all we need to know. He’s a fighter, this man, my favorite veteran. Like most veterans I know, he has never lost the desire to ...

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Monday 10th November 2008

Shoe box

Shoe box

It was so easy, took less than an hour, and cost us $29.15. From a simple act, will come great joy. What joy it already has brought! Let me tell you about it …This year, as we’ve done for several years, my daughters and I headed to the store for our favorite Christmas shopping ...

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Wednesday 5th November 2008

Yes we can. We really can.

Yes we can. We really can.

My four-year-old shouted across the living room this morning: “Buh-wok Obama won, Mommy! Buh-wok Obama won!” Her excitement caught me off guard, seeing how she’d been a rabid McCain fan only 12 hours earlier. She and her older sister had a spirited debate Tuesday over who the ...

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Tuesday 4th November 2008

A Day of Blessing

A Day of Blessing

My Day of Blessing started well before dawn, as I lifted Lydia out of her bed and buckled her into the car seat. We headed to the surgery center, my 6-year-old in her monkey-print pajamas and I, her mother, sipping from a tall mug of strong, black coffee. We arrived in time, and I signed […]

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Sunday 2nd November 2008

Unmasked

Unmasked

I spent Halloween evening with Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. I braided Dorothy’s hair, and helped her buckle her ruby slippers. The Wicked Witch demanded layers of green paint to achieve the desired look. She was determined to look “super-mean,” yet she was, quite possibly, ...

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Thursday 30th October 2008

The Barber’s View

The Barber's View

Orange glow sinks into black.But the barber isn’t done.Just two more rounds now.He lowers the clippers between even rows then presses forward.In a blur, he cuts away blonde, coarse wisps from their roots. Six rows at a time, an earthen scalp is stripped in the moonlight.Yet, the promise ...

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