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Lovely illustration !
07/09/09
Love the parallel! I almost took a deep breath, wanting to smell the flowers in the greenhouse.

One quick tip - I always remind myself to double-space paragraphs when writing Challenge pieces. Makes it easier to read when there are no indents. :)

I could see everything from beginning to end, and agree with your final statement. I think too many times, the wisdom of those in their later years is overlooked.
I loved this article. Thank you.
07/11/09
Loved the analogy here. We do reap what we sow and hopefully we choose to plant good seeds in our hearts. With age, comes wisdom and your story gets this point across in a gentle way. Good job.
Well done and very thought provocking. Excellent message here.
07/14/09
So true! How important our grandparents are to us and in this day and age, when parents are often still making many mistakes, grandparents are sometimes the only source of security for children. Good point in this story.
07/18/09
Hi Allen. I just wanted to leave a quick note to let you know your entry, Cultivating OUr Heart, actually did very well in the Twilight Years Challenge. Although you didn't receive an award, you made it into the Highest Rankings for Level 2, placing 11th in that Level.

If you'd like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26236

The highest rankings are posted every Thursday evening on the Message Boards.

Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August. It’s going to be an amazing time of inspiration, information and encouragement. (If I’ve already mentioned that to you, forgive me. We’re just so excited about letting members know about this great gathering.)
http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
08/01/09
I really liked your story. I wish I'd known that I would miss my Granny so much ...I would have begged my parents to let me spend more time with her when I was a child.
Thanks by the way for your kind words about my entry.
Lisa