The FROG Blog

GIVE SO I DON’T REMEMBER

With Thanksgiving being on many people’s mind, especially turkeys (the feathered kind, not referring to dinner guests), I recall a teacher’s message about generosity. He said he wanted to give so much, so frequently, to so many people that he wouldn’t remember all the gifts he gave. That’s the kind of forgetfulness I’d accept! I…

A SENSE OF CELEBRATION

I mentor a group of ladies at a youth organization every Friday afternoon. With five Fridays in November, we are using a gratitude theme for each of our five senses. Last week we focused on the sense of touch, this week we concentrated on smell. Our mentor sessions include keeping a weekly “treasure chest.” Each…

A Quick Funny

Today’s FROG blog is a quick splash from the pond of life. A colorful reflection caught my mind’s eye. I see “I’d rather be fishing” bumper stickers posted on the back of vehicles. I wonder if there are any fishing boats with a bumper sticker stating, “I’d rather be working?” There’s nothing other than writing…

SADDLING UP SLOWLY

“Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk much” -John Wayne With a rise in organic food production and utilizing natural resources, I’m intrigued that our communication processes don’t match this growing trend. I use a flip phone (yes, I’m writing and living this statement in 2018), check email and voice mail twice a day, and…

PIER PRESSURE

A water-logged reflection from this morning’s lily pad. I walked a marina trail and observed early morning fishermen. Some fishermen casted from a boat, some fished from the lake bank, and some threw their lines from the pier. All fishermen appeared to have a similar quest, to reel in a catch. I was curious to…

ADMIRING THE MAKEOVER

Change is perpetual motion. At every moment, in all parts of the universe, transitions occur. Some shifts are dramatic, other evolutions are subtle. I’ve been harvesting a bounty of professional changes since July. Without listing a bumper crop of examples, I’ll summarize. Various fields where I’ve planted seed have been fruitful. I’ve also stumbled across…

AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD

My husband’s Grandma Ziegler lived to be 99 years old and was healthy up until her final weeks on earth. She was well-known for her bakery treats and breads. Through her baking, she gave us a taste of what “on earth as it is in heaven” meant. As Grandma Z aged, she relied on others…

Required Vacation

Sabbath Day! I consider it my 24-hour weekly vacation. I love how God included Sabbath Day as a “command” for His people to refrain from tilt-a-whirl living. He instructs us to honor Him as Creator one day every week. This week, I used Sunday to take an unexpected walking retreat. We live in a town…

A PAT Answer

I am drawn to acronyms. I appreciate businesses using acronyms to creatively advertise ways to remember their business. In school, I retained data best when teachers attached an acronym to help students recall facts. There has been an increase of acronyms and sometimes the same base name is attached with different words for each letter….