Dogwood Digest

Come Alongside

You would think it wouldn’t be so hard, remembering your wife’s birthday when it falls just two days before yours. But more often than not, in our early married years, Steve forgot. It became a thing for us. I was hurt, even angry, every time I ended up having to remind him half-way through the…

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To Know and Make Known

My husband has many wonderful qualities. But the night I began to fall in love with him, something bigger captured my heart. It was on a walk around the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool one cool fall evening. Strolling arm in arm, we shared our amazingly common experiences growing up in the Plymouth Brethren assemblies. We…

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Recipe for Success

As a young bride, I determined to be an excellent cook. I collected and experimented with recipes from my mother, magazines, and potluck dinners. There were a few disasters early on: my husband still remembers with fondness a certain tuna casserole we had to choke down. But over the years I learned enough to eventually…

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Progress, Not Perfection

He was a powerhouse of a child, filled with energy, brains, and confidence: a little too much for his second grade self to handle at times. One morning he stepped on my last nerve. And I lost my temper. It was more than unprofessional. It was damaging. Imagine being seven years old and having your…

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The Best Kind of Role Model

My friend, author Kathi Mascias, recently told a story about Rosey Grier, the former NFL Probowl defensive tackle. She wrote: “A mountain of a man with a heart of gold, he was always aware of being in the public eye. He once spoke to a group of NFL recruits about this very topic, and one of…

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The Best Laid Plans

Arriving home from Sasha’s and my morning constitutional, I noticed a small change in the front garden. A mere few days into the harsh month of February, several crocuses had poked their heads above ground. Really? It’s been a very cold couple of weeks here in Maryland, with snow dustings and harsh winds more frequent…

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Persuaded

The supply of wine had been depleted. Not one drop left. And the party was still going strong. Mary shuddered at the embarrassment the oversight would bring on the hosts. She instinctively turned to her son to relate the news. He would know what to do. But Jesus seemed impervious to the problem. “Woman, what…

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A Different Kind of Rest

It had been an exhilarating ride. Sent out as representatives of Jesus, the disciples had travelled in pairs from town to town, preaching repentance, healing the sick, and casting out demons. He sent them with the barest of essentials, no spare clothing, food, or even money. They arrived back days later with stories to tell…

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Swamp Smoke

As I stepped out to walk Sasha last month, a pervasive smell in the morning air accosted me. Something was clearly burning, but I could see no sign of visible smoke. It wasn’t until later, when I logged on to my computer, that I discovered the odor’s point of origin. Apparently lightning had ignited a…

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In God We Trust

In the days and months following the Black Tuesday stock market crash in 1929, despair over financial ruin prompted many suicides. One man left this note behind before ending his life: “My body should go to science, my soul to Andrew W. Mellon, and sympathy to my creditors.” Eventually the despair over lost fortunes trickled…

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