Category Archives: Thoughts and Insights

Planned Obsolescence

We are T minus four days and counting until Aaron and Abbey’s wedding reception in our back yard.  Today something bad happened.  Our trusty 20-something year old lawn mower’s transmission went out.  The mower still runs, but it no longer … Continue reading

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The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade

The Valuable Time of Maturity by Mário de Andrade I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live by, than I have lived so far. I have more past than future. I feel like that boy … Continue reading

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Young Women’s Standards Night at the Cabin

This evening I was invited to speak to the young women in our ward.  They had a fun overnighter at our Sundance cabin planned, with lots of good food, workshops, activities, a Days for Girls service project, and my fireside … Continue reading

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War is Raging: Russia vs. Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. The invasion caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with around 6.7 million Ukrainians fleeing the country and a … Continue reading

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The Breath of Life

Written by Sandra Thurman Caporale from the Memorial Church of Christ in Houston. Artist credit for graphic:  Scott Erickson There was a moment when Moses had asked God what his name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the … Continue reading

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Organizing My Sewing Room

I LOVE my Sewing Room downstairs.  But while we were gone these last 2 years, my space became a catch-all space for everyone who came and went in our house.  The room filled with boxes and bags of stuff (much … Continue reading

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Covid Continues to Rage

For the record, this is happening again in our Covid-filled world–the numbers are spiking and people all around us are sick.  We’ve returned to huge divisions among our families and friends.  There are many who don’t believe in vaccinating to … Continue reading

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Our Homecoming Talks

Ann Lewis Homecoming Talk 19 September 2021 We have recently returned from serving a 2 year mission in Bamako, Mali and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. We lived in a world very very different from our home here. Many of … Continue reading

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Life Lessons From My Stay in Bamako

Here are the thoughts I shared in my farewell talk Sunday in the Bamako Branch. I have learned many important lessons while we have lived here in Bamako. I’d like to share some of these lessons with you today. J’ai … Continue reading

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“To leave the world a bit better. . . .”

This week we visited an IDP Camp (Internally Displaced Persons, or refugees) just not far from Ouelessebougou main town.  After our visit, John recorded our experience as follows: Djiba, Ann, Roger and I piled into Madi’s sedan and drove to … Continue reading

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