Making A Change

  These last couple of weeks have really been something.  The Washington Nationals won the World Series but a well-loved dog passed away.  Old friends enjoyed a chance encounter, but the Washington Redskins lost…again.   A brother passed away unexpectedly, but a niece is newly married.  A cousin is finally home from the hospital, but a neighbor is struggling with a difficult medical problem. So many big races were won and lost too in this week’s elections.  And on top of it all, Brandy Station’s Shiloh Baptist Church burned. On their face, these events may seem unrelated, with some clearly bad…

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Sunset Sunrise

My little girl is a survivor. She survived blanket-withdrawal. It was brutal to watch. Nonetheless, at age 5, it was time to let the blanket go. It gradually shrunk, until there was only a scrap left for her to embrace. But even at that, it was good enough for her. When it was shredded in the wash, my husband couldn't bear her pain. He lovingly sewed the shreds together. He's so sweet, but there was still more for her to endure. Eventually, her blanket went missing. I watched her search frantically for it, hoping and wishing it back to her.…

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