February, 2013

Spunky accessorizer plus Mr. Logic equals happiness

February 26, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 02/25/13 edition of The Goshen News.  Of all things. There they were, right before me. Displayed in splendor, they sparkled amidst an array of more plebeian styles. I could have sworn they called my name. Having been taught six ways from Sunday that one ought […]

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Hey, you! You can let go now

February 22, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Hey, you.  Yes, I’m talking to you.  Right there – you, the one who’s got the weight of the world on her shoulders today. I see you.  I know you because I’ve been in that place.  I know that weight, that thing that’s pressing in, pulling you down – you know, that thing you never saw coming?  […]

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Parental policing in pews brings propriety, corrects posture

February 19, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 02/18/13 edition of The Goshen News. Driving along, I felt it. There we were, sandwiched between two, one in front and one behind. Why was it that the mere sight of a cruiser could strike instant guilt in a person’s heart, even if you were […]

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Dear Judy

February 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Dear Judy, We’ve just come from the church. There you were, lying asleep. Scattered around were flowers sent by folks who cared. And everywhere, photos of a happy, smiling you. We’d only seen you once, my husband and I. Remember? It was a special family event–a party. Your niece had graduated, and we’d all gathered […]

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Your name is on His lips

February 14, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

He’d laid it all out on the sofa, pants draping nicely, shirt just so and the cap–oh, the feathered cap placed carefully at the side. Then, with monkey pillow pet in tow, he’d trundled off to bed, Daddy right behind, eager for the morning to come. Lying in bed, I hear him. The Cheerful Cricket […]

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In the hands of God, the average becomes the supernatural

February 12, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column appeared in the 02/11/13 edition of The Goshen News. It was a rare occurrence. With every account caught up, I stood at the counter, mixing cookies. Grinding oatmeal in the blender, I smiled, thinking of the boys’ delight. They’d be surprised, seeing the counters full, and they’d head straight […]

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When you’re on the far side of the desert

February 7, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Like a kid to her dad, I’m pouring it out. It’s dark. Dawn has yet to break, and I’m on my way in to the coffee shop. “Why can’t I ‘get’ this thing?” And here, I name it. But there’s more: “I’m lonely; isolated. You know I’m a people person, and for the last few […]

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When someone you love is running

February 6, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Sharing this post from last May with this encouraging word. This week, I received a message from someone who was loving a runner of her own who’d been greatly encouraged by these words, this message. Her “runner” had returned, she was rejoicing with all of her heart and she wanted me to know it. With […]

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“Career Week” brings excitement for some, exhaustion for others

February 5, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 02/04/13 edition of The Goshen News. It wasn’t quite a full-blown grin, but it came close. They’d just straggled in from the bus, my youngest two, plopping shoes, coats and backpacks in an obstacle course through the house. Little, the Cheerful Cricket, set about getting […]

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Everyone has a story

February 1, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the predawn darkness I sit, sipping fresh coffee and scratching the next column on unlined sheets of printer paper. I’ve forgotten my backpack, the carry-all that I sling over my shoulder every time I go to write. I feel disoriented without the familiar items at my fingertips; the dogeared Bible with both covers long […]

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