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I'm resolving to find ways to bring a peaceful plumb-line to my space in the world

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Holly McLaneThe local kids finished the school year the other day, which explains the collective sigh of relief you heard from parents that have been, involuntarily, homeschooling since March! That's right, summer's here and, this time, it's the guardians that need a break from the books (and the zoom calls, emails, and rubrics). Not to mention the teachers, who carried double-the-workload of helping the kids, AND the parents, navigate the new COVID-19 classroom reality.

It seems like yesterday that my, now adult, kids were learning to read, write, and splash into summer vacation, under my roof and ever-watchful eye. No one prepares young parents for the day we eventually send them off to things like football camp, college, wildfire fighting or, even, Africa! However, after observing the events of the past weeks and months, I now realize that camp and college are just the warm-up acts to prepare them for this adventure called "life" - where predictability is rare, and flexibility is a requirement.

While it may be true that from the day my babies took their first breath, I began to forever hold my own, I try to remember that there is someone bigger than I, who administrates the events of human history. There is someone at the center, and it is not me, or you, or any political party.

So, in the spirit of trying not to clutter the summer months with unnecessary future-tripping about "what comes next," I'm resolving to find ways to bring a peaceful plumb-line to my space in the world, in hopeful expectation that the ripple-effect will help put-shoulder-to-wheel alongside the One who disperses all the hope, healing, acceptance and love.

Here's how to start if you want to join me. Step one: when you feel some wobble in your week, make someone a sandwich and enjoy the world peace that ensues. Here's a recipe to get you started:

The Grocery Store Sandwich

1 loaf of ciabatta bread or individual sandwich rolls

pesto sauce

marinara sauce

mozzarella cheese

sliced salami, ham, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato

Slice the ciabatta bread in half lengthwise.  Spread some pesto then layer with meat and cheese. Next, add the veggies and top with marinara sauce. Cut loaf into segments then place in a baking dish and cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve warm or chill in individual bags for lunches the next day.

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