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Art at its most basic level

Faith & Inspiration | Flights of imagination inspired by a small-town church and its congregants
by John R. Erickson
Posted 1/09/16, 01:47 pm

My writing began to change when, after living in cities for several years, Kris and I moved back home and settled into a little town in rural America. I became something I had never heard of: a small-town author. Church has been an important part of that process.

Inside a house of worship, we seek the balance between heaven and earth. We face our own mortality and contemplate the magnum mysterium of our existence.

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Bolstered by a banana and Luther's lyrics

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 12/10/15, 02:47 pm

In the last several weeks I’ve learned to sleep with a banana beside my bed. They say insomnia comes as a normal part of the pregnancy package, and mine is generally motivated by hunger. Our little baby, once so proportionally small the doctors worried, keeps growing and growing. Because of this, I get hungrier by the day—and night. I sometimes feel there is not enough food in the world for me to eat.

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Mary and me

Faith & Inspiration
by Chelsea Boes
Posted 12/05/15, 10:08 am

Our little Pennsylvania town really is little. The borough’s boundaries contain a pizza place run by genuine Mediterraneans, a Lutheran church with real bells, and very little else. Our yard has one resident squirrel, four perky purple mums, and—this week—buckets and buckets of rain. It is a good, sleepy place, in my opinion, to wait for a baby to come. And that is exactly what I’m doing: waiting, sleepy.

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