November, 2012


November 30, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s Friday morning. Early, before the sun has awakened, I steal away. It’s writing day. Tucking my BOP (Bright Orange Purse) and my EBB (Eddie Bauer Backpack) in just behind me, I drive up Main past Christmas lights shining cheer from Victorian lamp posts. Is there anything prettier than a small-town, Main Street Christmas? My […]



Mother dreams of having room for unity in her community

November 27, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 11/26/12 edition of The Goshen News. So. Do you shimmy? “The patient is an FBI agent investigating terrorism.” That’s what the doctor said as I sped along, typing a referral letter. Wait. FBI agent? Investigating terrorism? Well, rats. Here I was thinking I was just […]



And the lights, the greens, they say ‘hope’

November 26, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s Monday morning, and I’m sitting in ‘my’ coffee shop at the high, round table. It’s dark outside the plate-glass windows.  The Bread of Life, it’s open before me, mug close by. I’m looking for hope. The lights, they shine bright in the morning darkness. Oh, it’s Christmastime. The greenery strung high, trees lit brilliant, […]



So the mother gave thanks (and announced a winner)

November 23, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

As the sounds of life as we used to know it break all around me (College Kid is home), I’m slipping away from the action long enough to pop in and announce the winner of the “Tea and Trouble Brewing” giveaway.  Erma, it’s you! Congratulations. Please shoot me an email at and give me […]



For some national unity post election, “raise your hand”

November 20, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was impossible to miss. Unless, of course, you were a burlap-clad Sherpa living on a mountain somewhere in Eastern Nepal. In which case, I’m jealous. For the rest of us who weren’t wearing burlap on a Nepalese mountainside, it’s been an ordeal. I’m talking about the election. For weeks, regular Americans have been hammered […]



“Tea and Trouble Brewing”

November 19, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

  In the circle of writers in which I “live and move and have my being,” I’ve found that as a nonfiction-writing not-novelist, I’m in the minority. While others around me are chattering about their WIPs (Works in Progress) and their MCs (Main Characters), updating their statuses with the current word counts, I’m silent. As […]



But what about their mothers?

November 16, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

If your ears are numb from all this talk of secession and layoffs and political scandals, here’s a “Grounds for Insanity” column from the archives. Haven’t you wondered this, too? “What will they be when they grow up?” This is the question of every parent’s heart since the first stinkers were born just outside the […]



No matter who’s in office, freedom of choice can’t be taken

November 13, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This “Grounds for Insanity” column was published in the 11/12/12 edition of The Goshen News. God is in control. In changing times, in shifting political fortunes, it is this rock on which I plant my feet. There is much that concerns me in the aftermath of the election. While some folks choose to separate […]



How to slay phantoms, find joy

November 9, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  The winners of the “Happy Birthday” contest are my Arizona auntie and Linda (Jim) Bontrager. Congratulations! Please contact me (messaging on FB or by email) with your addresses so I can send you the goodies. Thank you with all of my writerly heart to everyone who left me gifts in the form of words […]



When elections unsettle (know this)

November 7, 2012 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Elections matter. To the new, modern line of thought I’ve heard from Christians this season that says, “We should be above politics (only in a more politically correct, intellectual way than I’ve just said it),” I’d like to say one word – hogwash. Ask any Israelite if it mattered which king was put in. Ask […]



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