June, 2013

Local resident reports being “halfway to crazy” with power outage, lack of coffee

June 28, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

WAKARUSA – The word on the street in this small, sleepy town is ‘rain.’ Well, that and ‘mess.’ “It just won’t stop rainin’ in these parts.” That’s what one resident said. “And those storms that blew through here stirred up a terrible mess. Branches, sticks, twigs every which way. Why, we were haulin’ wood like […]

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Answers to life’s questions (and funds for college) found in Zone of Radioactivity

June 25, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 06/24/13 edition of The Goshen News. I think I found Jimmy Hoffa the other day. Like the Sunday School kid who, knowing of Adam’s creation from dust, thought he’d found him under his bed, the thought (I’ll admit it) crossed my mind. “Could it be?” […]

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Fight for them (and don’t be afraid)

June 24, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On a windy summer night they waltz, one, two and three, into my yard and my living room.  In their small summer sandals, those six little feet march right on past that to my heart. They’re quite a troop, this lively trio, and each one of them’s got a story. This one? Adopted. Chosen by […]

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A life well lived, even at seven

June 19, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s early on this sunny June day. Down at the coffee shop, I sit, head bent, working on a column when I hear the twitter. It’s my phone with an incoming message. “Guess who came crawling down at 6:36 a.m.??” It’s Mr. Schrock. My face alights, smile cracking wide. “Mr. Birthday?” I type back, hitting […]

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From WHOA to WAM and SOS, support groups are there

June 18, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published on 06/17/13 in The Goshen News. Need support? You can find it here. It’s an idea whose time has come. Actually, the country’s been ripe for it since the oil crisis of the Carter administration, but I was young then and hadn’t twigged to it yet. It […]

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Because every day is Father’s Day

June 17, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It came to me, standing there at the counter, hands stirring veggies for the Sunday noon meal. It was Father’s Day, and Mr. Schrock had chosen well:  chicken fajitas, meat marinated, then grilled, with rice on the side and that fabulous dessert. Fathers and children. My dad and my husband. The raising of families and […]

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What the lilacs say

June 13, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Walking up our country road, it comes. Wafting along on the wings of a breeze, the scent of lilacs invite. And there they are. In spring’s fullest bloom, wearing purple dresses, the neighbor’s lilac bush is full, is fragrant. And just like that, I’m back on the farm, running ‘long the lane. At Grandma’s house. […]

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From PJs to trivia, a little nonsense is good for the soul

June 11, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published on 06/10/13 in The Goshen News, Goshen, Indiana. Oh, how the author loves some nonsense “now and then.” “A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” If Roald Dahl nailed it, then the Schrocks are right up there with the sages. It had […]

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This can be an altar

June 10, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It’s the end of the service. On a sunny Sunday in June, Pastor’s wrapping up his five-week series, talking to us about “family.” Today? The subject is prayer. “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” That’s where he’s speaking from. He tells it straight, our pastor does, and how we love him for […]

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No voting centers, but battle lines drawn when parents outnumbered

June 4, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 06/03/13 edition of The Goshen News. Nope. They don’t get to vote on that. It was a headline that caught my eye. “Where should vote centers be?” it read. And beneath in smaller print, this: “Parties agree on several locations, others still up in the […]

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