Author Archive: anitafessler

But…

I knew it was coming… It was that time in the school year.  Time to teach conjunctions to my students (for those who aren’t quite sure–a conjunction puts two parts of a sentence together).  I wrote this on the board: F A N B O Y S FANBOYS is an acronym used to teach conjunctions. …

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Crippled…

You could have knocked me over with a feather… It was true, I didn’t see this person every day. But nothing prepared me for what I saw.  Instead of the tall, healthy, full-of-life person I was expecting, I found myself face to face with someone hardly recognizable.  Gone was the lively man I knew–in his …

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Off…

  I had a commercial-worthy event happen to me recently. I was enjoying a relaxing day beside a crystal-clear river in Western Montana (Little Blackfoot River).  The sun was shining, the water was glistening, the birds were chirping…and the bugs were annoying. Super annoying. So, being prepared for this, I pulled out my trusty can …

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Drift…

I am married to a drifter… Not the kind that goes from town to town looking for poor, helpless souls to swindle. Nope. My man is a highway drifter. Perhaps you’ve seen one:  while driving, the drifter goes from the yellow line to the white line to the yellow line to the white line. Yep, …

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Zoned out…

I zoned out recently. Totally.  Completely.  Like how did I get here-zoned out. And I was driving. Scary, I know! I cannot describe to you the brief, yet completely unnerving feeling I had when my brain finally kicked back into the present–and I had to figure out where I was versus where I needed to …

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Refreshed…

I love a good water feature! Check out these pics of some of the amazing ones I’ve seen with my man on our adventures…             Yep, I’m a real crazy woman about water features… As my man, our dog, and I were hiking recently, God was speaking to me as He …

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Now what…??

So, what are you doing today? Staring at the piles of gifts and boxes and bags and tissue paper? Looking at the Christmas decorations in your house and wondering why you put up so many? Thinking about when would be the best time to dismantle the Christmas tree? Yes, Christmas Day is over.  The build-up …

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Frustrated…

I’ll go ahead and admit it–I don’t do frustration well. Not. At. All. I’ve been in a situation for the last few years (yes, I said years) that has caused me mostly frustration. I know what you’re thinking–I’ve thought it too.  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I’ve tried.  I’ve been semi-successful.  I’ve been …

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Humbled…

Hello all! A very long hiatus has happened…I wish I could say it’s over…but at least I’m here today! So I begin our time together using an interesting verse:  Matthew 23:12 What a verse, right? Yep. I use this verse, because, sadly, I have seen it lived out. Firsthand. Friends, I do not consider myself …

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Looking back is good…sometimes…

It’s the season of reunions. Family reunions, class reunions…the pictures and invitations are all over social media. I graduated in a class of 44 people–yes, you read that right. Out of that 44, some are no longer with us.  Some have moved away.  Some are in less-than-ideal life situations. And some just don’t really care …

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