News Fatigue
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News Fatigue

We need to give ourselves a break from the constant state of media alarm we experience. We need to learn to balance out all the bad news with the good news. We need to take time each day to focus on the simple, joyous things in life. And I do mean simple. Open a good book. Spend time with loved ones. Go for a walk outside and leave your cellphone at home.

God’s Word
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God’s Word

My father-in-law, Dr. Daniel Hendriksen, studied and taught the wonder of language as a Professor of Linguistics for 30 years. He is the son of the Reformed pastor, theologian and commentator William Hendriksen. In his retirement, my father-in-law, now 89 years old, has put his reflections into poetic form. In this issue of CC on the wonder of the word I share one of his poems with you to honour his work and our God.

Word for Word
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Word for Word

But I’ve found something new. This time around, the physical pace of journal writing is holding me. Date and weather, and my galloping mind is reined in. Book title and children and I am slowed to a walking pace. This writing creates rhythm as the words step out one after another like footsteps or breaths. One at a time, words slow me down.

Simple Gifts
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Simple Gifts

Here’s my suggestion: find time to help children with what Grandma used to call “making your own fun.” If you have a farm, find time to be less efficient and to spend more time working with children in a way that blurs the work/play distinction. And invite others to join you.