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Notes from Home: Lightkeepers in Lame Duck Season

By Trudy Wischemann Here we are, the morning after. The Babe made his successful journey from the womb to the World; the shards of wrapping paper are still lurking. The frankincense and myrrh have been set aside for safekeeping while Joseph and Mary try to figure out their next move; avid holiday shoppers are taking […]

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Dreamless Sleep – Dreamless Sleep

By Trudy Wischemann Sunday night, thinking of Bethlehem, the song “O Little Town…” began to play in my mind. The lyrics began to want attention, so I went online to learn their history. The song was written by an Episcopalian pastor, Phillips Brooks, for his Sunday school classes after he made a Christmas pilgrimage to […]

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Notes from Home: Where Two or More

By Trudy Wischemann We’ve entered the last month, the darkest, heading toward Bethlehem. The sanctuaries of our churches are being decorated, but in many the pews are emptying as the elders head off toward the far side banks of Jordan or move to Visalia to have medical facilities nearby. The remnants, myself included, find ourselves […]

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Notes from Home: Groundless

By Trudy Wischemann The fog’s return this week was an odd blessing. On one hand, it signaled the possible return to some kind of meteorological normalcy. The soft, diffuse light is welcome after months of glare; the clean air to breathe is magical after all this smoke. On the other hand, there’s the disorientation. Without […]

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Notes From Home: Council Choices

By Trudy Wischemann Still working on your voting choices for this election? I am, though the window for sending in my ballot is slipping shut. The statewide propositions and regional candidates have the advantage of advertising to “help” us decide, but the local issues and candidates have little money to broadcast a preference. Local counts, […]

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Notes From Home: Politics vs. People

By Trudy Wischemann The ballots are out, the Vote-By-Mail ballots, along with the voter guides. With the huge increase in what used to be called “absentee ballots,” what used to be that intense last week before the election now actually has become four. Four weeks of intense lobbying, name-calling, and scare tactics intended to get […]

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Notes From Home: Women’s Words

By Trudy Wischemann In discussions about last week’s Kavanaugh hearing, I kept listening for a truth I picked up during the proceedings. I haven’t seen this truth described yet in print, so here goes. I think women’s words are harder to hear than men’s words in our culture. In general, women’s words are easier to […]

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Notes From Home: Seeking Sanity

By Trudy Wischemann The national political news, whether it’s the Supreme Court nominee or NATO or the build up to November’s elections, is stressful enough right now to make a person question their sanity. Regional and local issues aren’t much better: there are major questions that, for our future’s sake, must be attended to. Whether […]

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