Stuck and Unstuck

With the continuing COVID restrictions many of my days have taken on a kind of sameness.  My daily routine includes gardening, cooking, cleaning, babysitting grandkids, exercising and the rest that comes with being at home.  It is easy to fall into the rut of routine and its accompanying feeling of little satisfaction.   Two weeks ago…

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Forces Unseen

“Forces Unseen:  What Shapes Our Daily Life” is one of the Chautauqua Institution’s 2020 lecture week themes.  In thinking about this question, we might all immediately respond, saying the novel viral pandemic is one of the most significant forces shaping our lives in history.  It is hard to imagine how something so minute in size…

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Encourage and Empower

What does the Learn & Discern summer internship really do?  From my perspective as a supervisor of two communication interns, it provides encouraging empowerment to young adults in their personal, spiritual and career development. How does this happen?  The foundation for growth is a trusted relationship between IOKDS and the intern with a meaningful commitment…

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

I love flowers, don’t you?  Come Spring, my favorite activity is planting colorful flowers in my yard.  As summer progresses, the flowers grow, multiply and turn their sweet faces up to God.  Daily I gift my pretties with showers of cool water.  They seem to dance with glee at the refreshing drink.  Summer, this year,…

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Pioneering and Peace

Written by Jared Couch Jared is our Learn & Discern Brand Marketing intern. He is going into his senior year of school at Houghton College in western New York, where he is double majoring in Integrated Marketing and Business Administration. As a part of his role this summer, he will be writing a series of…

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Birds of a Different Feather

Watching birds outside my window is a favorite pasttime.  Birds of every color and size joyfully engage in the smorgasborg of seed that is provided for them.  They eat the feast harmoniously and come and go at will.  Recently, a new species of birds joined the gathering.  These birds are loud, voracious eaters and are…

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