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Each year I splurge on the Newbery Medal Award-winning and Caldecott Medal Award-winning books.  If you follow the children’s book awards given out by the American Library Association, you’ll know that these awards (in addition to many others) are decided in January, and this past Monday was this year’s announcement day.  [My interest lies in […]

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Barred Owl

This past fall, right before we left for the adoption, Dan came racing down the stairs, talking on the phone, but motioning out the window, frantic for me to see something.  We have many large windows all along the south of the house, so we get to see various things throughout the day, if we’re […]

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Blaming God for Suffering

I suppose when you read Eve, if you choose to read Eve, then you might understand that the question of suffering is one I take seriously, because it is the one thing that seems unfathomable with a loving God.  It’s not a new question.  There are voluminous books written on the subject–in every century.  Why […]

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Regina Spektor, Part 2

This blog was inaugurated with a Regina Spektor song.  I must share another one by her, and I’ll tell you why. I don’t remember how old I was, but I must have been in junior high when the following occurred.  Our chocolate-trimmed white house sat on a corner in a north Minneapolis neighborhood, one known […]

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First Snow

We woke to a winter wonderland this morning, the tree branches laced with snow.  The world is a quiet, brilliant white, and the birds and deer are feeding below (see the cardinal?).  Liliana and I sit by the window for a good twenty minutes, watching.  She names things: the snow, the deer, the chirp-chirps.  When […]

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