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February 19, 2019

Encounters: Maple Sugaring Season in New York

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Sugaring is a study in biology and tree identification. While the sap of most maples is sweet, only the sap of the sugar maple, with its elevated sugar content, can produce approximately one gallon of syrup from forty gallons of sap. With practice...

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January 29, 2019

Encounters: Rediscovering Nature with Children

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Naturalist John Burroughs has written that the ability to fully appreciate the wonders of nature depends on the capacity to “take a hint.” In the early years of childhood this innate ability paves the way for innumerable discoveries, developing an...

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December 3, 2018

Encounters: The Christmas Lamp, Thailand 1945

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For a year Anna valiantly carried on with the plantation work, taking a few minutes each day to cut a fresh bouquet of roses to place in front of her husband’s portrait. She had no idea if he was dead or alive; in fact, Ferdinand had been captured...

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November 8, 2018

Encounters: Just Mercy

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We were processed with welcome courtesy and led through a courtyard to a visiting unit not unlike the many I had entered over a couple decades of prison ministry. But this time it was different; I was there not to visit someone else’s son, but to...

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