Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

Fourth Leaf, The

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By Joe Amaranthine I collect four-leaf clovers. It’s sort of a hobby, like knitting or shooting hoops, only a whole different ball game. The noble creed of clover collectors is that each leaf represents something: the first leaf, hope; the second, faith; the third, love; and the fourth, good fortune. To most of the fortunate,

Wish List, The

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By Tomoko Matsuoka The air that filled my lungs was salty and alive. Sand pressed between my toes. Jesus’ hand slid into mine. “Thanks for inviting me,” He said. “I wish…” “Yes?” “I wish we could always be like this.” “Your need is what draws Me to you,” He said. I saw in His eyes

Feasting on Worms

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By Megan Dale It was 6:30 am. I had gotten up to go to the bathroom, only to be met by the sight of a rained-out world on a day our extended family had planned to go on an outing together. I didn’t mind the rain much. Heaven knew our bit of Southern California needed

Auction, The

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A short story by Curtis Peter van Gorder Today is a big day for me. They are auctioning off my key, and that means that my story will be told again after nearly a hundred years. It’s not a happy story, but I think it is one that people need to hear. The auctioneer pounds

Snail Patrol

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By Jay Phillips Today I went for a walk with some of my friends’ kids in the countryside surrounding the village in which we live, an area consisting of agriculture fields, dirt paths, and small woods. The weather was great, so it was a good opportunity for the kids to get some fresh air and

Juanito’s Circle

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By Victoria Olivetta One fine day, Juanito moved into our neighborhood. He had a jolly, easygoing manner, reddish hair, sparkling eyes—and a hearty bark. In the summer, the yard and garden in front of our house come alive with beautiful plants, bright flowers, and a lush green carpet of grass. I’ve always enjoyed escaping to

Sun Still Shines, The

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By Victoria Olivetta As far back as I can remember, I didn’t like cloudy days, especially in wintertime. They seemed endless and without hope, chilling both body and soul. Still, they are a part of life, so I decided to learn to like them. Over the past few years I’ve managed to enjoy them more. Now

Calling Through the Registers

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By Joyce Suttin My grandparents’ 1920 farmhouse was graced with solid oak floors and woodwork, and there were “registers,” adjustable grates in the floors that made it possible to regulate the flow of warm air that passed through ducts from the furnace in the basement to each of the upstairs rooms. My cousin and I

Not a Problem!

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By Angela Hernandez It was the end of another long, hectic day. My husband had been away on business for almost three weeks, and caring for our eight-year-old son and a two-month-old baby on my own had been a new and challenging experience. I was looking forward to some much needed sleep, when my baby

Who Is Rich?

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By Anne Spring I’m not living in the country of my birth, which is “rich” and, at least on the surface, seems to have everything that most people in poorer countries can only dream of. In contrast, the “underprivileged” people of the country where I now live don’t have many of the things that most