Moments to ponder

By Rosie Moore In my little book, “My Daily Psalms and Prayers,” that I scan each day, are these words, that seem so apt for me: “Almighty Father, in a world where everything seems to be changing by the minute, the word, “steadfast” is like a neon sign, indicating a place of refuge. And that […]

Bits and Pieces

By Rosie Moore Every once in a while, the inevitable happens. Such was the case with me. Last week I wrote about books and mentioned the novel “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” I was so disappointed with it. The plot was intriguing and the scenes were remarkable with their beauty but it was very […]

Books and Movies

By Rosie Moore I don’t go to movies any more but I do watch them on TV and it’s surprising how many wonderful movies are derived from wonderful books. Alas, so many movies today are full of violence, murder, and mayhem, with just a sprinkling of love thrown in sometimes. I am now reading “The […]

Did you know ‘Jesus wept?’

By Rosie Moore When I was growing up I attended the Mennonite church. This kindly, conservative group of people were committed to pacifism and also adhered to the literal preaching of Christ to be “in the world” but not “of the world.” They displayed this teaching by their dress, the women by covering their hair […]

Interesting names for towns

By Rosie Moore When I was young we moved many times because the rent was always going up. We lived in towns with picturesque  names like Paradise, New Holland and Lititiz. But we also lived in towns that had names that sounded questionable–to say the least, such as Intercourse, Bird-In-Hand and Blue Ball. Where did […]

Decoration Day

By Rosie Moore At the time of World War 11, I was nine or ten years old. As I walked in my neighborhood I noticed one or two houses with placards in the windows containing the American flag under which were five stars. When I asked my mother what they meant she explained that it […]

That Prom Season

By Rosie Moore After a sultry summer last year, followed by a glitzy autumn, then by a robust winter (I know, it wasn’t a very robust season), now we just passed the pulsating prom season this spring. And it certainly does pulsate, pulsating with anxious nerves, thoughts of who’s going to invite whom, and then […]

The character of prayer

By Rosie Moore I have a devotional book that I read every day called “Trusting In God.” Let me share with you what I read a few days ago. So thought provoking: “Anyone who prays would like to know what kind of God they are praying to. They want to know in what kind of […]

Those synchronous glowworms

By Rosie Moore When I was a young girl, for a few weeks in the spring, I had the pleasure of running through the fields chasing fireflies. I remember well my mother giving me a jar with holes punched in the lid to  capture these amazing bugs of nature, and, later, I would  put the […]

Fiction or nonfiction?

By Rosie Moore I am an avid reader–and a fast one! I can read a very large tome in just a few days, in between my housework. Some people say that when you read fast, you won’t remember much of what you’ve read, but I disagree. I may not remember, maybe years later, but I […]