I really don’t have anything against the Big 10 and their member schools. If you have been following along through the pandemic with me, I have kept up a running dialog on the mess that this conference has become.
This week, I’m back to writing about sparrows. And I’ll write about sparrows next week, too. The reason being is that this week’s sparrow, the white-crowned, is very similar to next week’s — the white-throated. Seeing a white-crowned sparrow is always a joy when they visit a bird feeder.
As an incredibly anxious and overly excited new parent, the first thing on my mind was making memories with my little pod. The first item on my list: Christmas. I became a mom on Dec. 2, and I was determined to make that first Christmas picture-perfect.
The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses.
Most middle-class Americans work or attend school indoors, watch TV indoors and sleep indoors. Except for walking to and from our cars, some people can go days without stepping outside. To make things worse, cold weather is coming, and it can get frightfully chilly past November.
Being thankful does not always come easily. We tend to forget what God has done for us in the past and forge on, demanding more. It is the American way, right? Sometimes this drive can be beneficial, but it also has the potential to destroy our joy.