Open a New Window

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

When I was in high school, one of the musicals we performed was Mame. The play and musical are based on the story of Patrick Dennis’ eccentric aunt who must raise her nephew after his parents die. One of the songs that explains Mame’s philosophy of life is called Open a New Window. The song… Continue Reading Open a New Window

An Advent Calendar, Part 2

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Christmas isn’t Christmas without decorations.  Whether you start trimming the tree on Christmas Eve, or the day after Thanksgiving, there is a time of celebration about transforming our homes to welcome baby Jesus. The lights always take the longest to hang.  Each year I debate just buying a new string, rather than trying to figure… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 2

An Advent Calendar, Part 1

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Now that Thanksgiving is over, my countdown to Christmas has begun.  I have to admit that I noticed decorations, stocking stuffers and holiday suggestions for the best presents appearing as the Halloween candy was discounted by 50% or more.  The artificial trees appeared a couple weeks later.  And now, the section reserved for wrapping paper… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 1

“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

When I was very young, my parents would send my sister and me to my aunt’s house in Columbus, Ohio.  That is where 4 of my father’s siblings lived:  My Aunts Clairette and Amanda, and my Uncles Marion and Obadiah (who we called Obie).  My Aunt Clairette was a pastor at a time when women… Continue Reading “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

Getting to Know You

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

The Midwest District has the honor of being the home for clergy who are starting their journey of servant leadership.  These new folks were introduced at the District Conference on October 12.  Each one will also be featured in a special Puzzler’s Corner in the coming weeks.  I invite you, who are their sisters and… Continue Reading Getting to Know You

My Favorite Book

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I own several translations of the Holy Bible.  When I was a child, one of the most popular versions was called a red letter Bible.  In it, Jesus’ words are printed in red, which brings a new layer to reading the Gospels.  My aunt gave my father a red letter Bible as a gift for… Continue Reading My Favorite Book

A Good Meal

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Sometimes, I get nostalgic about cooking. I learned how to cook by watching my parents and my older sister create their favorite recipes. My mother made dinner rolls from scratch, just about every Sunday. There was a process that began with the heating of the milk. Over the span of 45 minutes she would combine… Continue Reading A Good Meal

Open My Eyes

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Double Retrospect is the name of the jigsaw puzzle that I am currently working.  It is 32,000 pieces and contains 32 pictures created by Keith Haring.  I first learned of the artist when I purchased Imaging the Word, a three volume arts and lectionary resource.  The books provide worship leaders with paintings, photos, poetry, liturgy,… Continue Reading Open My Eyes