Author Archives: jottingjoan

About jottingjoan

retired former newspaper writer. Many children and grandchildren. One husband.

an anniversary with covid

Advice columnists, speakers and movies emphasize romantic anniversaries, birthdays or other special days for couples. They depict flowers, candy, a candlelight dinner in a fine restaurant, sweet nothings whispered or written. Every year my husband aims to have some activities … Continue reading

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Redemption

Prior to my birthday, my son sent me the following comments: When I moved to Michigan, I thought I would only be involved with the redemptive work of preaching the good news of Jesus. I soon learned about other opportunities … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward, the small woman

A flash from my past came as I sorted through a stack of books which included one inscribed, “Property of the Jr. Missionary Band.” As a child I belonged to a Missionary Band. Our neighbor opened her home to weekly … Continue reading

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Covid sent us back to the past

    On the cusp of a new year, we look back on 2020 as the year we went Back to the Past.     It began with the grocery store ads, “Send us your grocery list and we will walk the … Continue reading

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what does Elizabeth have to do with Christmas

The winners of the Christmas alphabet game called out their words for each letter. “E is for Elizabeth.” “Elizabeth! What does that have to do with Christmas?” Steve sputtered. “She was the wife of Zechariah. Gabriel the angel told him … Continue reading

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Growing up to help

I blinked and did a double take last fall when I saw Elijah, then 13. In the few weeks since our previous visit, our chubby grandson had stretched up into a tall, thin teenager. I barely recognized him with his … Continue reading

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To Mask or Not to Mask

This pandemic has my mind in a whirl. Before school started, my daughter posted pictures of her children wearing the newest addition to their wardrobe – face masks. “Wear a mask. Go to school. Study there.” Inconvenient. Yes. Mandatory, Yes. … Continue reading

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New puppy fever

    A flood of Facebook pictures announced the newest pet in the family: a French beagle puppy. (Okay, it has a fancy name, but that will do for now.) Long soft ears, big paws and an eager spirit to explore … Continue reading

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Going back home

Our recent journey along the Interstate back to my husband’s home state refreshed our memory of cold and barren holiday months in the windy north. We traverse frigid states to re-kindle warm feelings among kin who live too far away … Continue reading

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SCOTUS and the Girl Scouts

    Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten – including the exclusivity of tight knit groups. In kindergarten I watched two or three girls become best friends to the exclusion of others whom they snubbed. As an adult, … Continue reading

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