Category Archives: General Interest

Lead, Kindly Light

“The path ahead-one step enough for me, Lead on, lead on, kindly Light…”   Full lyrics of Audrey’s version below. From Wikipedia: “Lead, Kindly Light is a hymn with words written in 1833 by John Henry Newman as a poem titled ‘the Pillar of Cloud’.” … Continue reading

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Collaboration and the Art of Giving Up Credit

Originally posted on Eirene:
“I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive groves that you did not…

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Being Still at Camp

Originally posted on Eirene:
Thank you, John Smoke for teaching my son to be still—together. This past week was summer camp for the children of Downers Grove First UMC. It is the fourth time Howie and my boys participated since…

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Dion on Fresh Air

Loved this interview with Dion on Fresh Air. I loved his music, his stories and his faith. I remember when he made his foray into Christian music back in the 80s and enjoying his music and being encouraged by his faith connection. … Continue reading

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50, Jesus, and Stardom – Day Forty

Originally posted on Eirene:
Last night, my dear husband surprised me by taking me to see a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. He scored tickets in the 8th row of this stunning venue built…

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Just Like You, Nothing Like You – Day Twenty-Nine

Originally posted on Eirene:
One of the first personality inventories I took sorts people into groups represented by one of four animals (lion, beaver, golden retriever, otter) developed by Smalley and Trent in the 1980s. I never liked taking these…

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Ordinary Time – Day Twenty-Five

Originally posted on Eirene:
The first time I ever cursed out loud I was about ten or eleven. I was hurt so badly by a friend, all I could think to do was use a phrase I heard others use—it…

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Put Your Record On – Day Twenty-Four

Originally posted on Eirene:
Around the time when I was born, in the late 1960s, James T. Russell invented the technology behind the Compact Disc. Russell was a huge music fan and wanted to enjoy it via media that recorded…

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Girl With a Book – Day Twenty-Three

Originally posted on Eirene:
Mrs. Dumas was my 6th-grade teacher. She was kind but not gushy, at once generous and restrained. She had a sort of regal quality in her posture yet I always knew she was for her students,…

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Concrete Cancer and Discrimination – Day Twenty-Two

Originally posted on Eirene:
Reinforced concrete was once called “liquid stone.” It is made of a combination of three main ingredients: 65% aggregates such as sand, gravel, crushed rock, recycled glass; 10-15% cement (calcium silicates and aluminates); and 15-20% water:…

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