Dog Days of Sadie

Sadie and I took a walk a little bit ago. We keep the same pace now – slow, thoughtful, careful to stay in the shade. She used to run circles around me. Able to chase dozens of tennis balls up and down the green hills of my husband’s family property. Able to swim out over and...
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Under Eagle’s Wings

by Ruth, a.k.a. Momma Frizzle Our house sits on the edge of Lake Apopka in Central Florida. All types of birds call this shoreline home.   Directly across the pond behind our house is the skeleton of a huge oak tree. Its bleached, bare limbs hang with moss. Raptors love to...
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Among the Alligators

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle I sometimes feel sorry for folks who’ve just moved to Florida. What they find is certainly more untamed than what they expect. We have such a polished veneer, carefully crafted by decades of alluring marketing. It’s easy to forget that...
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Nesting Over Alligators

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle 5:54 a.m. — I just killed a huge spider. When I did, dozens of baby spiders scampered off the mother spider’s back. I swept them all up and flushed them down the toilet. While finishing the job, this story popped into my mind. I’m not...
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Gently Leading Ewes

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle We entered the barn to a solemn birth scene. There was an edge of sorrow to what should have been happy proceedings. After months of waiting, my farmer friend Heather phoned yesterday afternoon to say her ewe Charlotte was in labor. The kids and I raced...
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Nemo Doodle’s Last Stand

Our beautiful, but brutal, rooster Nemo Doodle is gone. Done in. And the NFL Playoffs are to blame — sort of.   That fateful Sunday morning, in late January, we released our feathered flock from their attack-proof, no-critter-can-dig-under-the wire-enclosed chicken run...
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Crops & Sheep

by Ruth, aka Momma Frizzle After writing yesterday’s story, I remembered a first-hand lesson from last Sunday’s sermon. Turns out, Jesus saw people in terms of sheep and crops too. Pretty good analogies, I think.   Here’s how Jesus felt about folks: When he saw the...
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