Betty J. Slade

 

  • That's the way the cookie crumbles

    Call it a diet, eating right or just getting healthy; however you label it, it is that time of year. Neither habits nor pounds on the scale have changed since my son moved to Pagosa. His version of family dinner wouldn't be complete without ample heavy cream and butter. I have decided that this will be the year to lose the weight. I will have to get tough on myself, but I'm resolved. No more jumping on a diet on Jan. 1, only to slip back to cookies and cakes by Jan. 15. I read in Proverbs, "Cons…

  • Sugar or bitter pill?

    "I love this family. Thank you for letting me be a part of it," said a friend. "It takes a lot of grace to maintain a family. Lynne comes for a visit a couple of times a year. Her favorite time is during the holidays. At our house, that is the time when we all come together. For our friend Lynne, that is the time for her to witness camaraderie, commando style. (When a small fighting force makes quick destructive raids against others.) Whether someone is throwing a biscuit across the dinner table…

  • Take the lid off the vessel we live in

    A new year dawns. And, with it, the expectancy of becoming what we want or know we should be. These days, it seems like it takes more than who I am just to make it. Even when my jar seems to be overflowing do I find the day requires more than I can actually give. A quote from a book by Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jonathan Cahn captured my attention: "Only by opening yourself up can you come to know that which you don't already know. And only by becoming an open vessel can you contain that which is gr…

  • Watermarks: The good, the bad and everything in between

    Birthdays have a way of making a person reflective as they surface wonderful memories. For some, it's a time to give pause on their special day, to acknowledge those who walked with them through various moments in life. I recently had a birthday, which incorporated all of these things, and more. While thumbing through the Colorado Country Life Magazine, I recognized an image that had great personal meaning to me. It was the cover of my novella, "Heart Bender." It was accompanied by a review of…


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