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Different

By Trudy Wischemann Driving down my street the other day, I found myself noticing how different things are than when I moved here a quarter century ago. This is not news, I know. But if I hadn’t stayed put, if I’d kept on moving every decade or so, like the first half of my life, […]

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Gramma Calls

By Trudy Wischemann I got one of those “gramma?” calls this weekend. You know, someone pretending to be your grandson in trouble, in need of money sent to Caracas or Istanbul to bail him out. I don’t know if these calls come in both genders or only male. For us old folks, it’s just so […]

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Wisdom’s Dream

By Trudy Wischemann We woke to clouds here on Labor Day, an unexpected gift. They signaled the change that is most certainly coming, but isn’t always discernible when September takes over from August. The burning heat of summer is waning, and soon we’ll arrive at the equinox, the official beginning of Fall. The Times, they […]

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Isaiah 5:8

By Trudy Wischemann “Woe unto you who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.” I had the privilege of preaching those words Sunday at Lindsay United Methodist Church. Our pastor and his family were there, and most of our small congregation […]

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Grounded

By Trudy Wischemann “You’re grounded,” my father used to say when one of us had crossed the line. It meant not being able to leave “the property,” not being able to go beyond our property lines except for school, not being able to go play with friends out in the world. Our freedoms had been […]

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On Defense

By Trudy Wischemann In last week’s column, “On Offense,” I committed another offense: being longwinded and politically incorrect. Luckily, our editor chopped off the bad half and spared us all from both. The week before, in “Holy Advocates,” where I was waxing poetic about my book editing, the excess simply got lost. So the best […]

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On Offense

By Trudy Wischemann They say the best defense is a good offense. They say fences make for good neighbors. They say a lot of things. This past weekend we saw the result of the “best defense” thinking in the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton: young men possibly on some kind of crusade to […]

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Holy Advocates

By Trudy Wischemann Last week I got a call from Mark Arax, friend and publisher, encouraging me to complete the editing of my book on agriculture and the common good. Mark has finished his book about water and the not-so-Wonderful Co., The Dreamt Land, and is now out touring with it, developing readers. The timing […]

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Detention

By Trudy Wischemann I detained a cat Sunday night against her will. It was for her own good, I told myself, and maybe it was. She’d been ill for months with a nasty upper respiratory infection, but was untouchable, untrappable, too wary for words. Last Thursday I noticed that snot from her nose had collected […]

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Battle Hymn

By Trudy Wischemann One of the beauties of Independence Day is being taken back to the roots of our country, our nationhood. Last week National Public Radio did a piece on “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which led to this reverie. They started with an interview of Tim McGraw, who told of singing the […]

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