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The Privileged Life: Trailside Charcuterie

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 Our 31st wedding anniversary was last week…another milestone that, during COVID times, called for a creative celebration. We decided our “anniversary date” would be a Sunday afternoon hike along the Appalachian Trail to a scenic overlook called High Rocks.  We have been extraordinarily... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Pandemic Survival for Nonprofits

A Guest Blog with Rebecca Henderson The coronavirus pandemic has put incredible stress on our health, our healthcare system, education, small businesses, families, our economy, and politics. But there’s another entity somewhat neglected in the current crisis—nonprofits. These include charities, professional associations, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), clubs, environmental groups, political action committees, and other community benefit... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Finding the Lost

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: A Pie-Worthy Day

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Psalm 16:11 My husband, Mark, celebrated 25 years at his office last week. That’s a remarkable accomplishment these days, to stay in one workplace for a quarter of a century. Mark brings such a compassionate spirit, diligence, and thoughtfulness... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Fresh Air

“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I took our little dog over the mountains into North Carolina to walk up to Max Patch. It’s one of several “balds” along the Appalachian Trail—these are naturally-occurring grassy mountaintop meadows where... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Lavender

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7 Ahhhh…lavender. Such a lovely flower, color, fragrance. It simply screams British Isles, but its origin is actually in the Mediterranean region. Today, it claims a regal spot... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Knitting and Needlework

“All the women who were gifted artisans spun yarn with their hands, and brought what they had spun, of blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair.” Exodus 35:25-26 Spinning, knitting, lacework, crocheting, weaving, crewel, quilting, cross-stitch, and all other kinds of needlework have been around since ancient times... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Flavors of Summer…and Homegrown Tomatoes

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 "...what this country needs [is] homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see...." Guy Clark Summer veggies and fruits are starting to arrive…delicate lettuces, colorful squashes, bright green herbs, juicy melons, blueberries, strawberries…and ripe red homegrown tomatoes. What a privilege to live in a world... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: What’s Your “R-Naught”?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction….” Psalm 103:2-4a As our nation gingerly cracks open the door on shutdown restrictions, the biggest concern is a “relapse” of coronavirus—that its ruthless march through neighborhoods, workplaces, and public... Continue Reading →

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