October, 2013

Keep running, boys–they’re right behind you

October 29, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: The freshest Grounds for Insanity was published in the 10/28/13 edition of The Goshen News. Yup. It’s grounds. It was the annual open house at the school up the road. For days, the 7-year-old whose blue jeans I launder had been buzzing. For days, the book fair had been set up with row upon […]

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Fearful no more, for Father has come

October 28, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was Thursday night. Standing there by my bathroom sink, I was prepping a whale toothbrush for a tiny set of teeth. And there he went, “firing a shot across my bow,” so to speak, in a way that MOBs (Mothers of Boys) will understand. Then, uproarious laughter from both he and his dad with […]

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When pestilence stalks in the darkness, no fear

October 24, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was the footsteps that clued me in. It had happened again recently a couple of times, once here, another time there. Settled in bed late at night, we’d hear it. Someone overhead, walking quiet, walking soft on the wooden floorboards. Often, it was one of the boys. “Go to bed!” we’d call up the […]

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Changing of seasons brings renewal, transformation

October 22, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 10/21/13 edition of The Goshen News. Driving into town on a bright, clear day, I see it. To the left, a tall maple with color aflame shouts “glory” from its spot by the road. Turning onto Main Street, I note that the annual decorating contest […]

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When you don’t know what to pray

October 21, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

She dropped it there, smack in the middle of a conversation by phone. Like a coal it fell, landing straight in my chest, glowing, pulsing, throbbing with life. Even now, days later, I could feel its power. I’d texted in a panic. That quick, she’d called, hearing me out and walking me through. Then she […]

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I think a mother of boys could straighten out this mess.

October 18, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Five years ago, in 2008, this mother of 4 boys ran for president. After watching the recent shutdown fiasco, I’m thinking of running again. What Washington needs is a caffeinated mommy… Being a bonafide news junkie since the age of six, I have been watching the presidential race unfold with great interest. It has arguably […]

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Local crickets make racket, model simple faith in complicated world

October 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in The Goshen News on October 14, 2013. Thank you for reading! “Dear Resident Cricket.” That’s how the note began. “After weeks of your cheerful little ‘songs of praise’ down there in the hinterlands (i.e., the basement), I can hardly remember my name. I think Obama is […]

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When you’re going on a bear hunt

October 14, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

It was an aunt with a flair for storytelling that introduced us to it. In a large, extended family with cousins from wall to wall, it was a Christmas treat. A holiday highlight. It was a not-to-be-missed, come-and-join-us. It was…a bear hunt. Sitting “criss cross, applesauce” in a circle around her, Auntie would pull us […]

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Gently He leads, and all is well

October 10, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Because someone needs this word today…perhaps you? “Did you know,” she said through my phone line, “that kindergarten round-up is on the 13th?”  It was my mother-in-law, Little’s grandma, checking in. “Yes.”  One word, falling to my desk like a stone; a rock; a chunk of ice.  For years, I’d driven past the school, Baby […]

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“Accidentally” running a marathon, performing surgery, pulling teeth are out

October 8, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 10/07/13 edition of The Goshen News. It may be one of the strangest stories of the year. In Amherst, Ontario, recently, a 34-year-old woman accidentally ran a marathon. A Canadian wire service, Postmedia News, reported that she took a wrong turn while running a half […]

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