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…..and then he said,……

I had a 24/7 front row seat to the last four months of the earthly life of Grant Donald Torgerson. He had many blessed last words. He was patient, content, and confident. Not perfectly so,  but so well done. It … Continue reading

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For the Dear Hearts and Gentle People Who Still Live in my Hometown – Culbertson, Montana

Like some others in the community, we (those kids of Immanuel and Edith Larsen) did not live at Culbertson except for the first decade or two of life but like most in the community, our lives were and are utterly stamped, … Continue reading

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Music For the 2017 Eclipse: When I Consider Your Heavens…

Psalm 8:3-5 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For … Continue reading

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My Home – All things Willamette

Our married life began in Minnesota in 1965. Then we spent 28 years in California, escaping from there in 1993 back to Minnesota farm country where we were for 18 years until moving to Oregon in 2011. One of the … Continue reading

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Endurance is not a feeling – it’s a choice

Three years ago I posted the thoughts shared in the devotional book, Streams in the Desert: https://mailboxesandoldbarns.com/2013/04/26/the-sepulchres-in-our-gardens/ Last week I had my regularly scheduled IV infusion of Herceptin, one of the toxic-yet-amazing tools used in the treatment of the cancer identified … Continue reading

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Our Farmyard in the 1950s

This photo includes primary features of my childhood memories. One unique aspect to it is that, as arranged, the large farm house completely obscures the even-larger barn! As is, it helps provide a record for sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Documenting … Continue reading

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March 16, 2017: It’s all good

A bunch of grape hyacinths is blooming as it should, looking a bit luxurious A decent sized flock of migrating birds moved south to north (they’re still playing at migrating) around noon – looked to be Canadian Geese and sounded … Continue reading

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Out of a Cardboard Box: Learning About Hospice

Six weeks before Grant died (three years ago this week) we invited hospice on to the property, signed their paperwork, and started getting acquainted with the individuals who – to one degree or another – would assist and serve us … Continue reading

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It’s a special day: use the sterling

  “Sharon, we’ll be using the sterling…..”…was the instruction I would hear on a Saturday in 1954 as I got ready to set the dining room table for the dinner guests due to arrive on Sunday after church. Many of … Continue reading

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A New Category: Cardboard Boxes

After I was diagnosed in March of 2016 I realized that a cancer diagnosis, like a new car, an old house, a bad road, or an overgrown garden, is sort of like a card board box that has stuff in … Continue reading

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Lift Up Your Heart To God

Undeniable Truths of Life # 2,384 and # 2,385. Or maybe they are # 802 and #803. I can never remember. Everyone is owned by someone Everyone serves someone There is a third related truth: We choose who the Someone is. … Continue reading

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The Familiar Solution

Whatever has been my habitual problem-solving pattern over the years will tend to be the pattern to which I turn in the presence of a new problem. Conscious acknowledgement of that tendency makes it more likely that eventually (now would … Continue reading

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Humility and Reality

~Either is able to function as instructor with regard to the other~ Hands-at-the-side-humility bows before what is, and makes it more likely that the eyes can be lifted to Reality’s wide-as-the-sky horizons. If we dare stand with opened eyes on the edge of life’s ripening wheat field, … Continue reading

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Imperfect Love

In January of 2014, Grant and I were well into our walk in the deep woods when I began to realize that the tears I was shedding seemed to be a bit never-ending~~in my opinion. I commented to him one afternoon that … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet?

(Originally published in February of 2014) About six weeks before he left us, it occurred to me that Grant and I must sometimes look a bit like those kids tucked into the back seat of the family car heading out to … Continue reading

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Hospice Came Today

(First published in January of 2014) Hospice came today. And they came yesterday. Today we met our nurse who will be walking with us. She left with a bag of homemade cookies and a couple of big hugs after 75 minutes … Continue reading

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Dance With Us!

(This was originally published in November of 2013) On October 18, 2013, Grant had a routine hernia repair. For several weeks following that in-and-out surgery we were on what sometimes looked like a wild goose chase. I imagine that some days we have … Continue reading

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It’s all good: A Hard Freeze

Among the nuances that govern daily life in cold country during October and November is the distinction between a freeze and a hard freeze. A freeze simply means the temperature was at 32 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty minutes or an hour. … Continue reading

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Just Before Christmas – in 1941

Ten days before Christmas in 1941, Dad paid $2 for two tons of coal for the furnace. He also spent 19 cents for food – perhaps a bag of his favorite lemon drops – on his way to the coal mine south … Continue reading

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Cowboy Poems and Christmas Dawn

There is fierce language regarding any reproduction – so – http://www.cowboypoetry.com/christmas07one.htm Empty Saddles at Christmas speaks of cowboys off to war. I like the line describing a white Christmas that shows up at dawn.        

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