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Holly Creek Smallholding

What is a smallholding? Here’s a good definition from Wikipedia: “In British English usage, a smallholding is a piece of land and its adjacent living quarters for the smallholder and stabling for farm animals. It is usually smaller than a farm but … Continue reading

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Healing the World

I was having a good morning. I took care of my animals, and did some heavy-duty trimming. Then I harvested some herbs and sat for a bit in the sun, humming bits of the hymn, “This Is a Day of … Continue reading

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Here at Last: The Great Day

For today, Yom Kippur, High Sabbath of all High Sabbaths, the great Day of Atonement, I take the day off work, fast completely, spend the time in prayer and meditation, and wear white, a custom which means various things to … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Nine: Wisdom

  To tell you the truth, I don’t feel at all qualified to write about wisdom! I did find a nice quote: “Wisdom is knowledge that is guided by understanding.” I remember recently seeing one that said something like, “Knowledge … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Eight, Understanding

  “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” So spake Albert Einstein. He ought to know, I guess. It is certainly true—no doubt you can attest from your own experience—that it’s far easier to know something than to … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Seven: Knowledge

  Fill in the blank: The more you know… My brainstorm endings: …the more you can. …the more you grow. …the smarter you get. (Not necessarily true, but a nice outcome.) …the better you can choose. …the better you can … Continue reading

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Ten Days of Awe, Day Six: Lovingkindness

  Lovingkindness is an odd word. My computer underlines it with irritated red squiggles. It comes from the Hebrew chesed (which computers also don’t like) and there are other English attempts at it, but this seems to be the most complete. … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Five: Strength

  There are many people who believe they are completely in charge of their own lives and God has nothing to do with it. I don’t believe that. There are many others who believe God makes all the choices, is … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Four: Beauty

Beauty is easy to know when you see it, but hard to define. Is it a tranquil, balmy day in spring or fall? A ferocious and awe-inspiring winter storm? Is there still beauty in a hot, limp day like this … Continue reading

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Days of Awe, Day Three: Victory

When we humans think of building a kingdom with victory, we tend to think in terms of conquest, force, and bloodshed. This is not the way God creates a dominion. The whole point of these ten words for the Ten … Continue reading

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