Mr. Pendlebury’s Announcement

"What's the matter, Dad?" Antonia asked Mr. Pendlebury. "Nothing's the matter," was his evasive reply. Truth be told, he was concerned about how she would take the news about his engagement to her Aunt Margery. He had been putting it off for a while but he had to tell her sooner or later. And, he …

Fear & Future Happiness

Getty Image "Antonia pushed you?" "Yes." "I believe that she's capable of a lot of things but attempted murder?" "She pushed me down the stairs, Laird. Maybe she didn't intend to kill me but my injuries could have been fatal." "What exactly happened?" "When she came here, she accused me of ruining her chances with …

Celibacy & Abortion

Father Kiesler was in his office with Bishop Haas. The bishop had just completed his pastoral visit. He seemed quite pleased. "Father Kiesler, you're doing a fine job with the school and the parish," he told him. "As fine a job as the late Father Schmidt." "Thank you, Your Excellency." "Is there something on your …

Dushan Goes to Ruth

It was five-thirty on Thursday and he had just left his office and was on his way to see Ruth. He had to have it out with her and he wanted to do it before Chioma and he went to Rome on Sunday. Yesterday, he called her at her office and she had sounded very …

Apartment Hunting

Although it was Saturday, they agreed to meet in the alley behind his office building. This time Olivia was waiting for him. He smiled as he approached her. They were going to see the few flats from the first listing. He was anxious to see them and hoped that he would find something as soon …

Frances Havergal

I have sung this wonderful hymn so many times but it wasn't until recently that I came across the woman who wrote it. Frances Havegal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Her two best known hymns are Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me, also known as I Gave My Life for Thee. …

Achsah

And Caleb said, “He who attacks Kirjath Sepher and takes it, to him I will give Achsah my daughter as wife.”  So Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah his daughter as wife.  Now it was so, when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for …

Martina’s News

Martina and Laird were sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's office. Fortunately, she was able to get an appointment with Dr. Bradshaw. Someone had cancelled that morning. She was there because of what happened that morning when she was preparing breakfast. For some reason, the smell of scrambled eggs made her nauseous and …

Porto Novo & Portland

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and Ede and Hank were in Porto Novo having lunch. "I spoke to my mother last night. She asked me if I would be spending Christmas in Portland with her." "What's Christmas like in Portland?" "Very festive. You have the Revels Show with singing, dancing, juggling, and poetry as …

Loneliness and Seniors

Two years ago, I read an article on seniors and how an alarming of them go an entire week without talking to anyone. Can you imagine going for days with little or no human interaction? How sad for these seniors who were once caregivers--parents who took care of their children, providing for them. When my …

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