Kim Knowle-Zeller

Life As A Stay-at-Home-Mom

I read Kimberly’s article in Gather, the magazine for Women of the ELCA. I connected with her thoughts about being a stay-at-home mother. How well I remember those days. I was once a stay-at-home Mom. Within the period of a few months I was asked two questions. First: “How will you feel when your little girls calls the babysitter Momma?” This during a job interview, when we really needed additional income to cover all the bills. […]

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Balto - How Wise Then

Balto’s Journey From Nome to Cleveland

In 1927 Balto, a Siberian Husky, was on display in Los Angeles. Clevelander George Kimble went there on a business trip. He stopped by at the sideshow where, for ten cents, patrons glimpsed through a small window at Balto and six other Huskies hooked up to their sled harnesses. These dogs were part of the Alaskan Serum Relay. Now they lived in a small dark room, looking sick and badly neglected. Two years earlier Balto […]

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Shakespeare Behind Bars- How Wise Then

Shakespeare Behind Bars

. . . I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 24:36) I used to be the walking definition of stage fright. I dropped out of a high school public speaking class, convincing my parents and guidance counselor it was because I couldn’t manage all the classes I’d signed on for that semester. The real reason was I got physically sick every time it was my turn to present a speech. I suppose it’s […]

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God, as the Divine Switchboard Operator

 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. (Psalm 71:20)  I sometimes think of God as the divine switchboard operator. Not all that long ago, switchboard operators connected us to each other through a system of cables they manually moved around on their enormous switchboards. I was reminded of this when watching an episode of “The Crown.” […]

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Freewheels Houston - How Wise Then

Bicycling to a Better Life

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9) While our politicians are locked in gridlock debating how to treat immigrants and refugees, my hometown of Houston is busy welcoming strangers, immigrants, and refugees. Nearly one in four Houston area residents were born outside the United States. Over 100,000 of these immigrating residents are entrepreneurs who seek a better life for themselves […]

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