December 19 , 2022 /

DAY NINETEEN – INTENTIONS

Perhaps smaller than goals, more immediate and conscious, we set out to be or do something intending for it to happen because we have engaged our thought into an action.  We have heard “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  It was first published in Henry G. Bohn’s A Hand-book of Proverbs in

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October 9 , 2022 /

A LONG ROAD ALONG THE ROAD

The story starts early (1937) with my parents and their connection to a community of faith in the small town where I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life. The church was called The First Congregational Christian Church. I don’t know why it was called First since there wasn’t a second

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September 15 , 2022 /

HARVEST TIME

My maternal grandfather was a descendant of the gatherers.  He was a forager in the woods, especially in late Summer and early Fall for berries, nuts, mushrooms and paw paws. He also gathered many other things including “pieces of string too short to save.”  He would put them in a shoe box with that written

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September 11 , 2022 /

SMALL STUFF ACCOMPLISHED

Sitting outside with coffee in hand, I say to S, “I need to do something creative or productive today.”   She says, “Give me an example.”   Me: “I need to look for a good writing workshop that fits where I am and who I am with my writing.”   She: “Do it.”  So, I begin researching among

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September 7 , 2022 /

PS for LABOR DAY 2022

PS for garygruber.com/labor-day-2022 There are numerous workers who make my life easier, better or more productive and I want to list them by category and thank a number of them personally for their good work. Here are my top ten: 1. Medical personnel including doctors, nurses, technicians and administrators 2. Police, fire, safety and sanitation

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September 4 , 2022 /

LABOR DAY 2022 *

One of my favorite hymns was written by Jane Laurie Borthwick in 1819, an old Scottish hymn set to a familiar tune, “Ora Labora” by T. Tertius Noble in 1918. Noble was an English born organist who moved to the United States and eventually was the organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in NYC.   Borthwick

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