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Sigh

An Internet outage for most of yesterday kept me off my blog, so I’ve got nothing but excuses for you today. Oh, and an even deeper longing for the weekend!

Wishing you all peace, health, and the Lord’s Supper.

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Here I Write: Canceled

If you registered then you’ve heard. The Lutheran writers’ conference, Here I Write, has been canceled. Sad but true. BUT if you’re on Facebook you can head over to Katie Schuermann’s Facebook page Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 PM CST to hear her live, chatting about “things of a writerly nature.” 

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The Plague

It’s been ages since I read Camus’ The Plague. (I think I had a Camus stage around the end of my college years.), but as soon as “pandemic” reemerged in common parlance I teased my dad that that title would become all the rage once more.

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American History

Lars Walker had an article published. Follow a link below and I’ll add my own spin.

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CPH Reads

Well, I can’t quite say “another summer, another CPH reads,” but it’s time to gather some titles & aspirations for Concordia Publishing House’s annual program. 🙂

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How Can I Help?

How Can I Help? God’s Calling for Kids hardcover is on sale on cph.org right now for $5.99. Hard to beat that! And isn’t now a great time to encourage our youngers to help? There are some other books on sale, too, so be sure to check them out. Also, since I’m self-promoting today, I’ll also link to my other books.

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Unscathed

Ladies & gentlemen, I’m here. Unscathed. Just behind on my blogging. 🙂

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Another Facebook Group–For Poetry

I am so frustrated to be spending Holy Week at home, but I may just drown my sorrows in poetry. I’ve already mentioned my idea of collecting Lutheran pandemic poetry, possibly even putting it into an ebook—no physical delivery required—and now I’ve created another Facebook group: Lutheran Pandemic Poetry.

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A few more personal words

I am really, really thankful I got to talk with my sister last night. She lives in Australia and I miss her, of course, but I am so glad that her area is handling the situation so well. 

We talked about all sorts of things, including how we seem to be even busier than normal even though we’ve canceled appointments, stopped leaving the house, etc. We talked about what it’s like when the ones who cook stop doing the grocery shopping, and how thankful we are for our husbands, who are as faithful and understanding as can be. 🙂 And how chickens are going for nearly $85 Australian because people want eggs so much!

Anyway, I know this isn’t the most writer-y of posts. I just wanted to stop for a second—pause, really—to give thanks for what we still have.

I doubt it’s a coincidence that God’s decided some home-time is in order, as well as more family time (at least for those who can), more meals at home, some reevaluation of priorities, perhaps, etc.

And—this is petty. Am I allowed to be petty with you?—but maybe we’ll even be more modest coming out of this! I foresee fewer bikinis this summer, that’s for sure! It sure is tempting to comfort eat!

Though I’d far rather be able to receive God’s gifts at church, at least we still have so much good we can be thankful for. Thanks be to God!

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Mini-Public Service Announcement

My public service announcement for today: Find all those books you’ve borrowed from your friends, family, and congregational library. READ THEM! 🙂 Then put them in their own pile for the moment when you can finally return them.

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