January, 2013

Did they know, those moms, what they had?

January 29, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 01/28/12 edition of The Goshen News in Goshen, Indiana. Go Hoosiers! And where’s that apron? It’s a joy to watch him. Up and down, back and forth he runs for two solid hours, including commercial breaks. In a move that utterly frustrates opponents, he throws […]

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What Heaven looks like

January 28, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On hardwood floor below, they gather. Where there’d been the thump of balls smacking wood; squeak of sneakers from running feet. These, all mixed with shouts of fans, whistles blowing, buzzer blaring; now, down there, it grows still. Taking the mike, he begins to pray. To intercede for one who not there; for the boy […]

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When the mountain won’t move

January 25, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

We were meeting, finally, over coffee.  How many times had we met there in that place, my beloved coffee shop on the corner of Main Street, but on the fly; on the run?  This time, we were sitting down, mugs in hand, to talk over all that concerned us. In the brief encounters we’d had […]

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Writer thankful for a “radiant leg,” hopes that index will drop

January 22, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 01/21/13 edition of The Goshen News, this writer’s paper of record. “Dear Mr. Schrock,” read the notice. “From the sounds of it, your kids are killing each other by the light of the Christmas tree. Which, of course, they’re supposed to be taking down. Your […]

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“Who do you think you are?”

January 21, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Who do you think you are?” I can nearly hear the hiss. Smell the sulfur. Feel despair creep in like tendrils of fog. How many times had the enemy whispered this in times of defeat to the children of light? How much havoc and devastation had he wrought in the hearts of those He loved? […]

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When you’re being de-pressed

January 18, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Do you know what depression is?” That’s what she said, my Lovely Stranger Named April who’d crossed my path one hot August day. I’d called her recently, needing insight, seeking wisdom. And she, she dug right in, saying it plain. “Do you know what it is?” she asked. “There is a clinical depression, but I’m […]

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Parents seek distractions, detox to combat fiscal cliff angst

January 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 01/14/13 edition of The Goshen News. “What in the world are they thinking?” That’s the question folks are asking in diners, in barbershops and around watercoolers across the country. This is quickly followed by, “And what on earth are they drinking?” According to wire reports, […]

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When He makes you lie down

January 10, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

She’d appeared last summer, the lovely stranger had, in answer to a simple, desperate prayer I’d prayed. There she was, sitting at a table close by in that favorite place of mine. She, once an atheist, had found Him in the desert (“He knew my name!”), and had walked with Jesus ever since. In a […]

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In the chaos of “Silent Nights” that aren’t, finding joy

January 8, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This, the first column of 2013, was published in the 01/07/13 edition of The Goshen News. I’ve got Grounds. Always. Have. Grounds. “Boy, this place can go from 0 to 60 in 5. Seconds, that is, which is as long as it takes for the bottom three to hop out of bed and blitz […]

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“That’s how I feel about you”

January 7, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

He’d wriggled and squirmed in anticipation of the event. Several weeks before, he’d received the news with gladness, happy that Grandma wanted him to come over during Christmas break. “Who will take me?” he’d wondered aloud, sitting beside me in a darkened auditorium. “Shall I walk?” I’d laughed. “Oh, no. Daddy or I can take […]

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