Category Archives: Loving our Neighbors

“Even a Child is Known by His Actions” (Prov. 20:11): A Valentine’s Day Tribute

This post started out as a mini-rant about how appalling it was that a group of sixth graders couldn’t agree on any game to play together except for a certain gun game. When I reminded them (for the zillionth time … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word: Specks, Planks, Sand, and Rocks

Kids have a keen sense of fairness. Ever noticed that? On my school playground, kids get so wound up about someone else who isn’t playing fair or following the rules that they fail to notice that they themselves have broken at least as … Continue reading

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Maybe He Just Forgot

Image credit: http://www.leadertelegram.com. I live and work in a school district where the recent bond for new school construction, among other things, failed by a very slim margin. I could see both sides of the issue, and know that besides … Continue reading

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Birthday Blessings Reprise: Malawi Food Container Arrived!

Some of you may remember the post from last November called, “Birthday Blessings” https://sonjaandersonbooks.com/2013/11/01/302/.  It told the story of my remarkable friends, Dave and Laurie Bunnel, who decided to celebrate their 50th birthdays with a food packaging event for Children … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Word: To Heal or Not to Heal

Jesus had a way of looking at things differently than anyone else, and it made the legal authorities of the day very nervous and even angry! Sometimes, even the “good” choice isn’t so easy to make–people don’t understand, or they … Continue reading

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Ostrich or Eagle?

  Watching the news lately makes me feel like this ostrich. How about you? I keep thinking that if I don’t watch for awhile, maybe certain groups will stop being barbaric, runaway diseases will somehow be cured, and the home … Continue reading

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Follow that Kid! Surprised by Diversity–Again

A student approached me with that look–the kind of look that reminds me again what a privilege it is to live in a community where the whole world seems to be at my fingertips (or. quite literally, on my playground). … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: An Annual Wake-up Call

Three weeks into school, and the playground is buzzing. Most of what I’m seeing is good, old-fashioned fun–football, tetherball, jungle gyms, jump rope. Inevitably, though, the fun often brings with it some cries of “cheater,” “no fair!” and “She’s being … Continue reading

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SPU’s ‘Bubble’ Burst? Not so Fast. . . .

The Seattle Times wrote this week that students at Seattle Pacific University ‘lovingly refer’ to their campus as the ‘Bubble. “Usually,” one student said, “the most exciting thing that happens around here is popcorn burning in the microwave.”  The June 5th murder of … Continue reading

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“Happy, Um, Holiday of the Decorated Trees?”

It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? Someone recently said that this is what our school district was calling a certain upcoming holiday. They were joking, I think, but it’s getting so hard to tell these days, isn’t it? … Continue reading

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