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Posts tagged ‘Loss’

The Scent of Maple – A Short Story

“The Scent of Maple” is now available to read online in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s literary journal, Westview.

“The Scent of Maple” is a story about the unlikely friendship of a woman named Annie and a curious five-year-old named Ben. You can read it on page 15 of the journal here.

Hope you enjoy the story.

Westview Spring-Summer 2015

Hope for the Wilderness Wanderer: Book Review of Marlena Graves’ A Beautiful Disaster

In my little office I have a few bookshelves reserved for books that are ‘keepers,’ the ones I’ve read and keep, knowing I’ll read them again and again.

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Dwelling in the Beauty of the Good – One Word 2013

Even in loss, moments of joy pop up unexpectedly like wildflowers. It takes a focused eye to appreciate their beauty.

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Loss and Nudgings Chosen as a Finalist in Biographile’s Short Memoir Contest on Overcoming Loss

I am excited and honored to have had Loss and Nudgings chosen among so many beautiful and compelling essays in Biographile's Short Memoir Contest on Overcoming Loss.

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Loss, Nudgings & the Eifel Tower

A glimmer of light catches my eye. I turn and walk toward the object reflecting the fluorescent light above. It’s exactly what I thought it was; its lines, moments before only apparent in my peripheral vision. An Eifel Tower. Not the Eifel Tower, but a shiny, silver wire replica.
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The Snowflake Cross – Divine Gifts of God’s Goodness and Love

The last week has had me wondering about the circumstances in my life. I’ve been contemplating the why’s, which is never a good thing. I know better than to give mental space to questions that cannot be answered.

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In Memory of My Dear Friend, Suzi

Suzi (Susanne) Phaneuf
April 19, 1966 – August 29, 2011

What a rare blessing to be graced with a friend who is not just a friend, but a best friend, not just a best friend, but a sister. And that is who you are to me, Suzi…a sister. For just over two decades, we’ve walked through life together. We’ve grappled with what it meant to grow into adulthood & live out life, as followers of Christ day in and day out.

You’ve been an integral part of my life, Suzi. I have a treasure trove of memories, so precious to me. Time spent laughing, filled with joy over the most mundane things, not to mention the most exciting, too. Long talks while walking, travelling, visiting or just on the phone, filled with so much joy. Even in times of sorrow and tears, those difficult times were made more bearable, because of your laughter and your words of encouragement and wisdom.

A long time ago, you gifted me with a bookmark you’d made. On it are the words, “A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” Thank you for hearing the song in my heart, Sue. It’s an uncommon person who allows those around them to truly be themselves. Thank you for allowing me to be myself & for encouraging me to be the person God has called me to be.

Michelangelo once said, “Every beauty which is seen here below by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we are all come.” My beautiful friend, the resemblance is obvious in you. Thank you for shining His light into my life.

I miss you, my friend…and I’m holding on to those memories, knowing that one day there will be even more.

Suzi was a very gifted writer. If you’ve never read her writing before, please visit her blog, Shards of Light at http://shardsoflight.blogspot.com/. You will be most blessed.

“And Truth is strong.
Truth does not back down easily from a fight, because it doesn’t have to.
That Truth can shine alone in the dark, because it can.
Truth cannot be bullied.
That Truth does not change with the circumstances.

And the Truth is, that God is love. And He loves me. And He wants me to be the very best version of me, the one that He created. And that doesn’t include worrying about things beyond my control, but rather to trust in Him.

So today, no matter what happens, no matter what comes my way, I will stand firmly on Truth.

Standing anywhere else would be silly…”

Suzi Phaneuf