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A Hard-learned Lesson

By Diana C. Derringer “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you” (Proverbs 2:11). Head down, shoulders shaking, and tears flowing, this was not the Uncle Leonard we knew. Years of poor choices still showed in the crevices of his bony face. However, his wrinkles no longer widened with laughter that turned into a […]

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Mom’s Never-Failing Gift

By Diana C. Derringer I had settled into my dorm room, survived the first few weeks of life away from home, and established a routine for classes and study. With a mixture of excitement and uncertainty, I looked forward to campus life. My parents had instilled in me the habit of daily devotional time, both […]

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Dad’s Memory Glitch

By Diana C. Derringer “You’re never too old to learn.”  “Get all the knowledge you can.”  “Make the most of your opportunities.”  The driving quest to learn and improve continues on as my dad enters his 80s. Yet this, along with his love for the fine art of communication, proved his undoing several years ago. […]

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Our National Treasures

By Diana C. Derringer “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). From Sequoia on the west coast to Acadia on the east, with such jewels as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Cave, and the Great Smoky Mountains between, our family’s favorite vacations revolve […]