Linda Bittle - West Plains, Missouri 65775

This is Not Where I Thought I Was Going

#14-I’ll Be My Own Valentine

According to History.com, Valentine’s day isn’t based on a warm and fuzzy historical moment that brings tears of joy to all who hear it. Screams of terror, perhaps, but there’s little joy in the tale. You can read it for…
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#13-Winter Solstice 2018

Tonight is the winter solstice. It’s the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Winter begins, and we already have snow on the ground here in Council, Idaho. There’s a full moon – the aptly named “Cold Moon”…
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#12-Driving (Reluctantly), Part I

Did you know that there’s a word for the fear of driving? It’s called vehophobia. Turns out that it’s not a particularly rare fear. In an earlier post, I wrote that my paramedic friend helped me plot a route to…
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#11-Reclaiming Christmas

I caught myself humming Christmas carols last week when I got the decorations down from a high shelf on the back porch. It’s kind of a new thing. For much of my adult life I did not put up a…
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#9-Of Good Men and Gunsmoke

They laid a good man to rest in Bates County, Missouri on Wednesday. After a 30 year career as a paramedic and part time deputy, my former coworker  succumbed to cancer. He was only 58. Like all the good men…
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#8-Elephant Ride

In Civil War times, I’ve read, men would speak of “going to see the elephant”. They were going to experience battle for themselves. Some things are so large that they can’t be explained. They can only be understood through living…
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#6-Saved By a Book Club

After my husband left I felt adrift and knew I had to find something to tether me to the world or I might just float away. A book club was the first thing that saved me.  But then, books always…
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#5-Defy Expectations

My friend Sally likes to say that I saved myself. I don’t think that’s entirely true. Instead, I see how God used a bunch of unusual experiences to get me ready to defy the expectations that are put on a…
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#4-Perspective is Key

The perspective comes here. By leaving, he freed me from the life I thought I’d have.

#3-Love, As I See it

Lest you think I don’t believe in love, let me tell you about my grandparents… Given that my first two posts went from serious to worse you might think that I’ve never seen love. You would be mistaken. And that’s…
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