New Memories of My Father on Fathers Day


During a recent family gathering I had the opportunity to visit with one of my older sisters. She told me a story about my father that I had never heard before.

Mr. Eisman was a teacher at Hillcrest School, the boarding school we attended when my parents served as missionaries in Nigeria. He was teaching there when the Nigerian civil war broke out. Our town of Jos was not in the area where the war took place but there were several mobs of men that roamed around Jos when the war started. These mobs were looking for members of the Igbo tribe, the tribe that had broken away from the rest of Nigeria to form the country of Biafra, thus causing the civil war. I still remember arriving at Hillcrest one morning for school and seeing one of these mobs running down the road that went past the…

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Combating Human Trafficking; 100,000 Eyes in the Sky


The Stop Trafficking on Planes Act would require training for certain airline industry employees to recognize and report human trafficking; the legislation builds on voluntary efforts to encourage airline personnel to report trafficking to law enforcement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have introduced legislation to combat human trafficking on commercial air flights. The Stop Trafficking on Planes (STOP) Act would require training for certain airline industry employees to recognize and report suspected human trafficking to law enforcement. The legislation builds on the voluntary Blue Lightening Initiative currently administered by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation. This bill has been endorsed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and a companion version of the bill has been introduced in the House by Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

“Flight attendants and other airline employees are on the front lines…

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Solar Plexus Chakra- Where is it and what does it relate to

Soul Essence


Chakras exist on all levels of the human energy field, some as connections between the levels. If functioning well they act as anchors between these levels.
Light energy and love is always trying to get through the vortices.
When we get inspiration this is energy moving.
We should not let emotions, feelings within get suppressed. We should process these feelings and by feeling them, understand and let go.Common problems are the chakras’ being blocked, excessive (over active) and deficient (under active).
Energy Healing can balance your chakras by channelling colour, light and love to them and restructuring if necessary.

Each chakra has a different psychological aspect I will cover the Solar Plexus (Manipura) chakra located in the naval, solar plexus here:-

The solar plexus chakra spins faster than the root and sacral chakra, the colour is therefore yellow. It is related to your power and control. Your negative thoughts…

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The profoundly powerful & personal Clothesline Project

Very powerful and moving event.

Minnesota Prairie Roots

Clothesline Project, music art

AMELIA, BEVERLY, DORIS, Katie, Prince Pope…from places like Apple Valley, Springfield, Worthington, Farmington, St. Paul and elsewhere in Minnesota…

Clothesline Project, 1 in 3 stats

In all, 23 names. Twenty-three women, children and men who lost their lives in Minnesota last year as a result of domestic violence.

Clothesline Project, 2 lines of t-shirts

To hear those names read Sunday afternoon against a backdrop of 60 white t-shirts fluttering in the breeze marked a powerful moment as the Crisis Resource Center of Steele County, Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women brought The Clothesline Project to Owatonna’s Central Park.

The Rev. Kirk Griebel spoke to the group, read a mayoral proclamation and led a prayer. The Rev. Kirk Griebel spoke to the group, read a mayoral proclamation and led a prayer.

The t-shirts, strung on clotheslines between trees, are “a powerful and safe witness to those who have lost their lives through domestic violence,” the Rev. Kirk Griebel said.

Clothesline Project, Miranda Schunk

He is right. To see those shirts with names and art emblazoned thereon, to read…

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The clothesline beyond laundry

Minnesota Prairie Roots

A display from The Clothesline Project. Image from The Clothesline Project website. A display from The Clothesline Project. Image from The Clothesline Project website.

ON SUNDAY, JULY 26, a clothesline takes on an entirely different purpose than drying laundry as the Crisis Resource Center of Steele County and Redeemer Lutheran Church of Owatonna bring The Clothesline Project to Central Park in Owatonna. Begun in Cape Cod in 1990, the national art project raises awareness about violence against women. Those impacted by such violence express their emotions by writing on t-shirts. The shirts are then strung on a clothesline.

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women manages The Clothesline Project traveling exhibit in Minnesota. Eighty decorated shirts representing the 80 individuals killed through domestic violence in Minnesota during the past three years are part of the display coming to Owatonna.

From 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, attendees can create and view t-shirts honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence. A ceremony begins at…

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No Yeast Foccacia

Domata Recipes


2 -cups of Domata Recipe Ready Flour

1-cup water

1 tablespoons baking powder

1-teaspoon salt

1-tablespoon olive oil

1-teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1-teaspoon garlic powder (garlic powder& salt optional)

2 -teaspoons dried oregano,(dried basil or dried rosemary are options)

¼ -cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 424 degrees.
  2. Grease pan with olive oil.  9X13 pan for single batch, full cookie sheet for double batch.
  3. Add together flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix dry ingredients. Add water to mixer. Stop mixer when water and dry ingredients are combined.
  4. Turn dough from mixer on to floured bench or cutting board. Form into dough ball.
  5. Place dough ball on greased pan.  With oiled fingers, spread dough to ½ inch thickness. Rough surface is OK. Brush on olive oil. Season with garlic, Italian herbs and cayenne pepper to taste.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle…

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Pumpkin Spice Bread

Want to try this soon!

Domata Recipes

A delightful sweet bread.


1 3/4 cups Domata Recipe Ready Flour
3/4 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Canola oil
2 Eggs
1 cup Pumpkin puree
3/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 cup Water


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a Kitchen Aid or hand mixer with a paddle attachment.
Mix until smooth.
Pour into a loaf pan sprayed with non-stick baking spray.
Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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