In praise of little things premium
One day last week I was out walking in my neighbourhood enjoying the amiable sunshine and flirty breeze, when out of the corner of my eye (though why my eyes, which are not square, should have corners at all, I do not know) I glimpsed a spent camellia flower drop from its branch to the garden below. It took one […]
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Battling bugs and flaming arrows premium
I think whoever finds an antidote for the more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold will become an instant billionaire, and receive the praise and gratitude of people everywhere. Having coughed and sniffled my way through three out of the last four weeks, I know I’d be standing in the queue to thank them! Apparently, no one can ever […]
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Fingerprints premium
As I wiped fingerprints from the kitchen cupboard doors, I got to thinking about why they bother me—why I feel the need to remove them at all. I don’t always notice them; in the rush of food preparation and mealtimes, I have plenty of other things to think about. But if I’m paying attention and the light […]
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Am I missing something? premium
Last month my daughter and I drove over 3,000 kilometres to Adelaide and back, to attend a family celebration. We could have travelled by plane – again – and it would have taken less than two hours. And yet I longed to pass through, breathe in and hear the wide, brown land that we normally miss when we’re cruising […]
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Running on empty premium
The other day I drove to a friend’s house. She lives some distance from me and since it was a brisk shining day and I wasn’t running late, I chose to enjoy the warm light and the drama of capricious spring clouds darting across the sky, allowing my mind to slow down—to stop rushing. Somehow, this […]
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When in doubt, follow the instructions… premium
Every now and then, and apparently out of nowhere, a question will flit into my mind. It might not demand much attention at first, but when something unexpected reminds me that it’s there, I tend to take more notice. Exactly this kind of question arrived in my mind on the second of January last year. […]
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Nostalgia for Saturdays premium
We couldn’t wait to try it out. Dad had been working on it for several weekends, using precious Saturday afternoons and off-cuts of timber and particleboard from his shed to construct a one-of-a-kind go-kart. It wasn’t the first thing he’d made for us and it wouldn’t be the last, but the tantalising prospect of speeding […]
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To do or not to do? premium
Do you have a to-do list? Do you even like to-do lists? I write to-do lists because it helps get the buzz out of my head—a swirling confusion of many things yet to do. And they help ease a lurking dread that, if I don’t write them down, I will forget something important or urgent or boringly mundane. Although preventing my […]
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Prepared for rain premium
So I went for a walk and it rained. Hard. Yes, I consulted the meteorological radar on my handy phone app before I left and I was prepared. But without my nifty folding umbrella that expands generously to dimensions suitable for golfers—apparently—I would have returned home much wetter, and much sooner. I guess you could say […]
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It’s good news – don’t waste it premium
“But whatever you do, find the God-centred, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.” • John Piper Featured image: Photo by S. Carter | Flickr.com (Creative Commons licence)
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