December, 2013

How to head into the New Year

December 31, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the morning quiet, the lamp light shines. It falls across the old, familiar pages. Pages worn, wrinkled, underlined, dated. The lights glow color, shed joy nestled among the needles on the tree in the corner. The boys are asleep, The Mister’s at the office, and it’s just The Friend and I in the stillness […]

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With these resolutions, life could be better

December 30, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This column appeared in the 01/04/10 edition of the Goshen News. Having been sent winding by bronchitis, The Girl took a break this week. But she’s still laughing–in between coughs–over this one from the archives.  So that’s how it feels to take it into the end zone. That’s how it looks to knock it […]

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Seek the Child, light of the world

December 24, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 12/23/13 edition of The Goshen News. Standing there, I see it. At the end of the checkout lane, two rows of heartbreak stretch long across a bulletin board. Silent, I take it in. On every sheet, a name. An age. A black-and-white photo. The location […]

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He comes, Jesus does, for the messy

December 19, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

What a spot of cheer, he, last in the line, though not least. Caught up in the joy of the season, he’d been heard around the house and environs, singing his favorite carols in an off-key, joyful manner. In music class one day, he’d raised a small hand and requested two of his favorites. I’d […]

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Mother’s wish list includes two front teeth, fear of the Lord and peace on earth

December 17, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published on 12/16/13 in The Goshen News. And lo and behold! On the very day of its publishing, a Christmas miracle concerning that one top tooth… And isn’t that about it? “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” Yes, that’s just about it, but not […]

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Presidential candidate, mother of four, lays out platform

December 13, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

In the name of Friday Fun and Frivolity, we’re gonna break from all the heavy stuff and the stress of the holiday season. And we shall chuckle. For just two minutes, we shall share a hearty laugh over this piece from my, uh, failed presidential run, and then get back to whatever it is we […]

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Rejoice in the love, sacrifice of God at Christmas

December 10, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 12/09/13 edition of The Goshen News. May it bring peace, hope and joy to your heart in this busy Advent season. It wasn’t meant to be this way. On a starry night those centuries ago when Heaven slipped, squalling, onto hay, it was silent. No impeccable […]

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I know who I am (I am His)

December 9, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Pulling up, there it is. The splendor of the season bedecking one of the city’s premier hotels. And the valets, they come running. Mouth open, I gaze in wonder at the display. Traffic rushes past, horns honk, and a bellhop in a long gray coat tweets his whistle to snag a taxi cab for a […]

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Valley of Trouble, Door of Hope

December 5, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

This post from the archives is brought to you by the letter T. And today is Thursday, I still have trials, so it’s all still fresh bread… Today is Monday, tomorrow’s Tuesday, and I’m thinking of T’s. I’m mulling over things that tickle my gizzard and things that don’t and what do you do with […]

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Rodents not welcome on The Three, unlucky couple dispatched

December 3, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity was published in this writer’s paper of record, The Goshen News, on December 2, 2013. RIP. Rest In Pieces, little buddy. For crying out loud. Can’t we go one winter without a visitation? Just one? Living in an old farmhouse, this is as likely as a Kennedy turning Republican or […]

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