August, 2012

When He knows your name

August 30, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I’m scratching it out, pen in hand, heart scrolling in cursive and ink across the pages of an Italian leather journal, green, embossed with leaves. Head bent over the mug, I look up. And there they are. I’ve learned to pick them out. These “folks of a certain age,” they stroll in early, usually packing […]

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This just in from the newsroom in Wakarusa

August 28, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

WAKARUSA – An area mother is reporting that with the return of the yellow buses in this sleepy little town, the bustle factor has gone through the roof. “It’s a freeway out there,” she said, pointing at the road where a slew of soccer moms whizzed past. “During the summer, it slows down. Then school […]

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There’s a season for everything – including duct tape

August 27, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” These words of Solomon are true. I just wish he would’ve mentioned that some of those seasons would require duct tape. A heads up on this would’ve helped. In this particular season, it’s not the kids that need the duct tape. […]

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Small-town mother interprets political vocabulary

August 24, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Ladies and gentlemen, get your voting hands warmed up. In just a few short weeks, Americans everywhere will have the opportunity to exercise that very basic right, the selection of our governing officials, using those very hands. If the polls and pundits are to be believed, the electorate is fired up and ready to deliver […]

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Mommy’s out, I’m in

August 23, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  Oh, hi. You look like one of Mommy’s friends. She’s not around right now.  She said her brain is frazzled and she’s terribly busy, so she asked me to say ‘hi’ to you-all and pick the winners of her friend’s books.  Her name is something like Suz…Suzanne?  Mommy said she lives out in Cali […]

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A ‘Gift Unexpected’ teaches lessons, spreads joy

August 21, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On the list of “Biggest Surprises a Girl Can Have,” it was up there. If “Learning That Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Are Really Real and You’ve Won a Million Per Year for Life” was number one, this was right behind that. Finding out that you’re expecting when you weren’t expecting it is so shocking and, well, […]

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World, Please Be Kind

August 17, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

And he’s gone.  There he went, backpack on a tiny frame, swallowed up by a big, yellow bus that rolled to a stop, brakes screeching, on a cool August day bright with promise. He’d been counting the days, fingers wriggling.  “One, two…” Brilliant blue eyes radiated joy.  Radiated hope.  Sparkled with… “Adventure!”  That’s what he’d […]

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And in other news

August 16, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

WAKARUSA – According to a local mother from this not-too-bustling small town, things are greening up.  “It’s a jungle out there,” she said, pointing to the back yard where the long-delayed summer rains have created an apparent hay field.  She’s concerned, she added, about small children or the odd stray cat that may wander across […]

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“Dear Mr. Schrock,” or, the letter I didn’t write

August 14, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

How many notes had started like this? How many cries for help and news briefings had been prefaced this way on the social networking utility, Facebook. “Dear Mr. Schrock.” That’s how they always began. Written by me, beleaguered housewife and mother of his children, it was my SOS, a twenty-first century smoke signal to The […]

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Ninety-and-nine plus one

August 13, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Do you have a minute?” she says, slipping up to the table where I write.  I look up, pen in hand, and smile.  “Sure.” We chat then, coffee scent curling like ribbons through the air. The baristas, they bustle behind the counter. Doors open and close, patrons coming in, going out, finding fuel, finding companionship, […]

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