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Today as I was walking through a store, I spotted a monkey which then reminded me of this.

I came across this Polish Proverb a few weeks ago.  This reminded me of a boss that I had when I was a 20 something.  He used to talk about the monkeys on his back.  The office staff even bought a stuffed monkey to put on his shelf behind his desk chair.

I wished I could have shared this Polish Proverb with him.  He would have enjoyed it.

As I was searching for the Polish Proverb, I also found this.


My boss would have loved this.  As I continued to reminisce about the boss that I had as a 20 something, I was reminded of all the great lessons that he passed on to me.  I hope that I can pass even one lesson on to the 20 somethings that I currently serve with.

Lessons from Pat included


extravagant generosity that he demonstrated and

that only very few people were aware of

how to handle difficult people on the phone

(It was a financial aid office at a university.)

how to handle constant changes in government regs regarding financial aid

laughter in the workplace in the craziness of financial aid

generous to his staff

love for God always

love for others regardless how they treated him – unbelievable love and mercy

Thank you, Mr. Pat Duncan!

The above picture is from his quartet days – long before I knew him.

This is a picture from the yearbook in 1980.  Yes, this pictures bring back a lot of memories.  In 1980 I was a student at this institution of higher learning.  I began working for Pat in 1984.

I wish that I could call you on the phone, Pat, and thank you for taking on me as a 20 something.

Below are the lyrics to a song that Pat sang and lived!

He’s Been Faithful to Me!

In my moments of fear

Through every pain, every tear

there’s a God who’s been been faithful to me!

When my strength was all gone,

when my heart had no song,

still in love He’s proved faithful to me.

Every word He’s promised is true.

What I thought impossible,

I’ve seen my God do.


He’s been faithful, faithful to me.

Looking back His love and mercy I see.

Oh, though in my heart I have questioned,

even failed to believe,

He’s been faithful, faithful to me.


When my heart looked away,

the many times I could not pray.

Still my God, He was faithful to me.

The days I spent so selfishly,

reaching out for what pleased me,

even then God was faithful to me.

Every time I come back to him,

He is waiting with open arms,

And I see once again.


He’s been faithful, faithful to me.

Looking back His love and mercy I see

Oh, though in my heart I have questioned

Even failed to believe

He’s been faithful, faithful to me.


In my heart I have questioned,

even failed to believe,

Yet he’s been faithful, faithful

In my heart, I have questioned, I’ve even failed to believe

Yet you’ve been faithful, faithful to me!

Thank you, Pat, for a life well lived and for sharing it with a 20 something who remembers those many lessons!


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Hammock Time

I spent some quality time with a hammock today.  It was wonderful!

A great way to relax,



breathe deeply,

take a rest,

spend some sabbath moments,

enjoy the sunshine,

disconnect . . .

When I closed my eyes, this is where I went . . .

Hopefully there will be some hammock time tomorrow . . .

Everyone needs to find their hammock time.


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Stress Recovery

I found this picture here on a blog by Jonathan Cliff dated June 7, 2011.  Just looking at the picture is stress recovery for me.  I just close my eyes and remember.  Of course, it’s better to be there.  That is true stress recovery.

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Still Slowing Down




SLOW DOWN . . . and consider this:

“Hurry kills everything

from compassion to creativity”

(Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase.

a wise facebook friend’s status


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Slow Down



This is the speed for this week

even in the midst of the temptation to “do more”



don’t move too quickly






feel God’s peace

in each moment

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Writing Again

Another class starts again today.  More opportunities to write and write and write . . .

putting words down on paper



spell check

grammar check



Is that what I really wanted to say?

Is that what I meant?

Does anyone understand it?

too formal

too casual

an exercise in defining and refining my thoughts and beliefs

talking is great but tends to be spontaneous

words written down are there forever to be examined by anyone

Yep.  It’s time to start writing again.

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The Week of June 13

celebrated 29 years of marriage to an amazing man


began Vacation Bible School


got a threw her arms around my neck hug from a beautiful 4 year old


lunch with my 3 favorite guys


lunch with some special friends


amazing Vacation Bible School


kids praying for their friends


kids giving an offering to build a house in Haiti


kids making blankets to send to Klagetoh


answers to prayer


new friends


God’s extravagant love


one fabulous week

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