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Making Peace with Winter

Posted by Joan Zabelka on February 28, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (2)

How do we make "peace" with the winter we are experiencing this year in the Midwest?

   This winter has pushed buttons on most everyone, including those who profess a love for winter. Naturally, if life is not going well for you, then the challenges the snow and cold offer only add to the stress. Someone t...

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The Polar Vortex and Epiphany

Posted by Joan Zabelka on January 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

   The Polar Vortex, on this Feast of the Epiphany 2014, has sent parts of the US into the deep freeze. Social Media is inundated with posts of snow covered statuary, dogs in sweaters, mustaches crusted in snowcicles, and recipes for chicken soup. I know how many days it is to both the first day of spring and the first day of summer thanks to ...

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Winter: Worries and Wonders

Posted by Joan Zabelka on March 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

   I used to love winter as a child. It was a carefree time of sledding, snow forts, and making angels. The first day of winter is also my birthday  so for the longest time I was partial to winter. (Since we survived 12/21/12 I think we have a few more winters left on thi...

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Autumn Awe

Posted by Joan Zabelka on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)

  As I sit typing at work, I notice the leaves have begun to change color. I suppose just a few changed at first and who knows, they may be the ones lying on the ground right now. I know that last week I didn't notice the trees that line the street, but this week - well let's just say "Golden Arches" takes on a whole new meaning.

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Whoooo Do You Say I AM?

Posted by Joan Zabelka on February 25, 2012 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Lent 2012

   For the last few years I've made a mixed media Lenten journal. I don't quite remember how it began, but I knew that I wanted to really keep in touch with Lent. I wanted it to be part of my daily experience. I felt that too m...

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I'm a Little Groundhog...

Posted by Joan Zabelka on February 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)


 Groundhog Day is this week so all eyes are on the furry rodent.

   My philosophy has always been - why let a publicity hog like Punxatauney Phil tell me whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring when he doesn’t live anywhere near me. Why shouldn’t I be my own “gro...

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Waiting and Wondering

Posted by Joan Zabelka on December 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Well if consistency is the key to successful blogging - I am not headed in the right direction. The only thing consistent in my life right now is the sciatica pain which continues despite 20 chiropractic manipulations, six different kinds of pain meds, five different doctors, two cortisone shots and a partridge in a pear tree...

Waiting and wondering - that is the tit...

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Can you hear me now?

Posted by Joan Zabelka on October 22, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Pain is a different lens through which to view the world. It is amazing how it interferes with and clouds our view of life.

It might help at some point in our discomfort, to look at t...

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I was blind, but now I see - or at least I'm trying...

Posted by Joan Zabelka on October 6, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (1)

  I've attempted blogging before. I found out, it's consistency that counts. I had trouble being consistent. I let life get in the way and I don't know if that was a bad thing. I'm back now and determined.

  I almost wish I had a challenge to present to myself - like blogging while trying to cook my way through the red and white checked Better Homes and Garden cookbook - the 1970's version when food still t...

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