October, 2012

And one day, Heaven

October 31, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

With thoughts and prayers that the presence and peace of Christ be felt in the most palpable way, Grant and I send our love to the family of Benji Eash. Allen, Cindy, and boys, may you rest, safe and secure, in His hands. Until then… We’re walking along, The Mister and I, down our country […]

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Writer recaps Olympic highlights, gives thanks that her training is done

October 30, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 10/29/12 edition of The Goshen News. And what was your favorite Summer Olympic sport? That was quick. For four years, you waited with bated breath as weeks and months crept by. You had birthday, birthday, birthday and, well, birthday, and then it was time. In […]

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Dear runner beloved

October 29, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Pausing there at my high, round table, leather-bound Book lying before me, I stop to listen. “Luke,” comes the whisper, “chapter 15.” Turning to the sacred text, there it is, the story of the 1 and the 99. The story of the sheep gone missing and the Shepherd who pursued. The tale of a prodigal […]

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Not educated, but empowered

October 26, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I see her there, in line at the counter. Walking over, I say with a smile, “Well, hi there. It’s been awhile. And where’s your mama? She’s gone missing.”  Her mama’s been a regular. From my place on the high stool, I’d see her every single morning, grabbing a coffee and a yogurt with hands […]

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Columnist has questions for the Romneys, but won’t be taking any pictures

October 23, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 10/22/12 edition of The Goshen News. It’s the season for celebrity sightings. Not that I’ve seen any, mind you, but folks I know have had some excitement. In our small town, we’re not exactly overrun with celebs. It’s not Aspen, after all, where you can’t […]

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Of bravery and Buddha, winter and spring

October 19, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s Friday.  I’m going all directions today, but I’m starting it out at my favorite spot (the coffee shop) across from my favorite guy (The Mister). Did the stars collide? The planets align? How does this happen, this tiny scrap of time to sit down, share breakfast? It’s rare, and it makes me happy. After […]

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Dear Mr. President

October 17, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This open letter to our President was written over three years ago when he and a fleet of Secret Service agents visited our tiny town. I thought of it again while watching last night’s debate, feeling the solemnity of the times. There is much at stake in this election. No matter which candidate wins, […]

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Many hats to wear – and they don’t all have glitter

October 16, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

I should count them all up. I really should. Bartholomew Cubbins did once, and his number was 500. “You think that’s a lot,” I wanted to say the other day when I thought of him again. “Try being me.” If I sat down and listed all the hats I wear, I’d get carpal tunnel, and […]

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What to do with “what if’s” (and how to fly)

October 15, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The sky’s dark outside the plate glass window. Sitting at my small, round table, the lamp spills light onto pages filled with ancient truth, words spilling light of another kind. This is my daily bread. The steam, it rises, curling toward ceiling, twirling past bricks. Hand wrapped ’round its warmth, I whisper prayers into my […]

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Three truth words when life gets hard

October 12, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

The sun shines bright. Driving home, autumn glory blazes ‘cross the countryside. The Painter, I see, has been at work, brushing brilliant oranges, reds, yellows and greens all lavish on leafy maples. I’m drinking it in, this wild beauty. For a soul in the heat of battle, it’s beauty that heals. That calms. Restores. Renews. […]

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