Posts By: Ken Rummer

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Soap Carving   Carving soap and meeting neighbors Our church throws a block party by Ken Rummer Last Friday I coached soap carving. Our church (http://www.ankenypcusa.org) was throwing an outdoor block party for our neighborhood — hot dogs, a bounce castle, donuts made to order, even a fire truck. One of our neighbors offered to play guitar and… Read more »

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inventory photos Face to face with all my stuff: Lazarus, Scrooge, and the Inventory Project by Ken Rummer What would it cost to buy it all back? Early in the pandemic, my wife and I undertook an inventory with the help of a computer program. We entered our possessions, room by room, with photos and a few… Read more »

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The mulligan (not a sweater, not a stew) A duffer finds grace in golf by Ken Rummer My tee shot gained altitude, a rare outcome and hopeful. But then it started to curve, bending more and more to the left. This was during the decade of my life when I played a little golf. The… Read more »

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COVID memorial Grief beyond words A few notes for Good Friday by Ken Rummer    From the musical “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.” A young man in a high-collared jacket is singing. I’ve channel-clicked into the middle of a replay of the 25th anniversary presentation of Les Miserables. (Is that Nick Jonas singing?) At this… Read more »

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Winter Joy Rethinking winter Finding joy in a harsh season by Ken Rummer No walk this morning. The overnight temp touched -18℉ with wind chills in the 30s below zero. Brrrr. I hear that pond ice is now thickening by an inch a day. Ancient poetry from the book of Job captures the season: From its chamber… Read more »

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What I’ve Learned in Seven Decades Hard-won wisdom from A to Z  by Ken Rummer What have I learned? An approaching  birthday, one that ends in zero,  has me thinking, not so much about academic knowledge, but more about the life experience sort of learning. The kind of observation-based wisdom I find in the book… Read more »

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New Snow. No Tracks. Looking for the new in a new year Of calendars and hope and new snow by Ken Rummer Happy New Year, everybody! Or, as we sing along with José Feliciano in “Feliz Navidad,” his fifty-year holiday hit: Próspero año y felicidad (A prosperous and happy new year). Despite the crises and disasters of the year… Read more »

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Maple buds as signs of hope Looking for signs of hope: Maple buds and brimming cups by Ken Rummer Look for signs of hope. The teachers of resilience offer this wisdom to the storm-tossed, the overwhelmed, the anxious. You may be way ahead of me here, but it’s advice I’m trying to take. A couple of weeks ago—it was on a… Read more »

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Aaronic Blessing To speak a blessing A vision and an invitation by Ken Rummer The walking path leads me along the edge of a wooded draw. Glancing down through the shadows of the trees, I notice a bright flash of light. With a turn-aside and a second look, I see that the creek has managed to pull… Read more »

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Mum buds opening yellow What’s getting me through these days Three tested tactics by Ken Rummer I’m a small child in a crib, struggling to breathe in the night, clogged up with what will turn out to be allergies and asthma. My crying rouses my parents who take turns responding.  Being picked up and held vertically helps. I can… Read more »