A valentine reflection on barn roofs.

(First published 9 years ago. Lightly edited for today.) We were eating supper with Nancy’s parents. It was the eve of their 60th wedding anniversary, nine years ago. The three of them (Tom, Marion, and Nancy) were talking of places they’ve lived, people they’ve known, farms that have grown (and some that have gone). (Two […]

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Simon and Jesus and the fish, part two.

Peter was glad to use his boat to help Jesus. Until everyone had to go to work. And Jesus finished his more talk. Peter got ready to go to shore, to go to bed. And then Jesus said, “Let’s go out to the deep water, and you can put your clean and folded nets back […]

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Simon and Jesus and the fish, part one.

Simon was a successful businessman. He owned a boat, he owned nets. He caught fish and sold them and supported a family. His mother-in-law lived with him, his father isn’t mentioned anywhere. So although he was likely young when we first hear about him, he was experienced. He had a few conversations with Jesus as […]

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