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Monday Merchants: Tornado Books and Giveaway

I’ll never forget the story from Joplin, MO, of the husband and wife who lived in an upstairs apartment. When the tornado sirens went off, the husband suggested they go downstairs to a safe place. The wife was napping and didn’t want to be bothered, so she refused to go. The husband went downstairs and […]

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Tornado Tree Joplin

April 27–Day of Tornado Terror in 2011

April 27, 2019. Posted at 3:05pm CST, at the time the Hackleburg, Alabama tornado touched down 8 years ago. “It will either be the worst day in history, or nothing,” James Span, an Alabama meteorologist said to his listeners on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, exactly eight years ago today, as he evaluated the weather patterns. […]

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What-Not-To-Do-Wednesday: The Spinny Thing

Believe it or not, the dishwasher made headlines in our house. Again. “This is so frustrating,” I growled to Marnell, tossing dirty dishes out of the clean dishwasher and back into the sink. “Maybe we should just get a new one?” he said. “Oh, it’s fine,” I said. “There are a few clean ones, although […]

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The Willow

Something astonishing is happening to the willow tree outside my writing window. Months ago, the willow tree had long branches with thin green leaves growing on each branch, all up and down the branch. When the wind blew the leaves danced and swayed like hundreds of children on a green lawn. But then, the tree […]

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Good Friday

Am I a stone and not a sheep That I can stand, O Christ, beneath Thy Cross, To number drop by drop Thy Blood’s slow lossAnd yet not weep? Not so those women loved Who with exceeding grief lamented Thee; Not so fallen Peter weeping bitterly;Not so the thief was moved; Not so the Sun […]

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