The tale of Granny’s punch bowl: where next?

punchbowl2 When I was a kid, Granny had a punch bowl in the middle of her dining room table. She was an old lady, with feet in the Victorian era. So the punch bowl is flowery and Victorian.

It probably had belonged to her  mother, a high-society lady for the small town of Carrollton, Illinois, wife of the bank president. It’s probably over 100 years old.

But my Granny, Jennie, wasn’t married to a bank president. She was married to a guy who struggled to make a living, struggled with life. So her punchbowl didn’t get used for fancy parties.

She used it as an inbox for the mail. Never let it get too full. I wonder if she thought it was ugly. I do.

It’s been in my attic for a long time now. First a punch bowl, then an inbox, next what? What would you do with this oversized punchbowl?

Am I a racist?

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Racism is a topic that my heart keeps returning to. What is it? What causes it? Why is it so hard to escape? Why do many white people from outlying areas of my city avoid driving in predominantly African-American sections? Answer: They tell each … [Continue reading]

My project: a novel for 11-13-year-olds

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I've been up to a lot of things lately, and one of them is finally finishing a book that I am proud of, after working to learn the novel-writing craft since 2006. Working title: Bridge Over Sugar Creek. It's Missouri, 1968. Ollie, a … [Continue reading]

Tag! You’re it!

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I agreed to be part of a blog hop, but I've decided to change the rules (because I don't want to talk about myself right now). Let's play tag! Blog tag! I'm tagging these inspirational writers' blogs as places for you to explore and be blessed. … [Continue reading]

Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, a review

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Conspiracy by Suzanne Hartmann, Book Two of Fast Track Thrillers Published 2014 by Oak Tara Publishers Genre: Christian thriller with sci-fi elements Joanne Van Der Haas discovers that her beloved boss George is accused of selling big-time … [Continue reading]

Reaching out through fiction

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Carl Ellis Jr. tells Christians to speak into the culture, affirming core Biblical values without necessarily naming them as Biblical, in order to nudge the culture back toward Biblical norms and begin the process of preparing the soil for planting, … [Continue reading]

Christians can make a difference in a pagan culture

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In my last post I asserted that our culture is no longer Christian, and I expect you agree with me. Or perhaps you are surprised to hear me assert that because you are young enough to have no memory of a time when the culture did at least give lip … [Continue reading]

What we learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther

My Bible study group just finished a study by Tim Keller examining what we can learn from Joseph, Daniel, and Esther about living in a pluralistic, or pagan, society. Let me point out that that is what we are living in now, so this was a very … [Continue reading]

What makes a strong marriage?

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I was pondering the question, what makes a strong marriage? What advice would I give someone just getting married? In fact I have been in a marriage that failed, and in one (lasting 27 years so far) that's very sturdy and wonderful. So I have a … [Continue reading]

Paul Wheeler’s mission trip report

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Our son Paul Wheeler, center, spent two weeks in New Caledonia, South Pacific, witnessing to fellow college students (including the two flanking him).  It was a mission trip with Jesus Film, Inc. Here's an audio file of his report to our … [Continue reading]