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Down To Earth
A QUICK RUN to the grocery store, in and out. Back in a jiff. But try telling that to my Jack Russell, Archie. He’s gotten mighty spoiled with me working from home full-time during the pandemic. I reassured him as best I could, got him interested in
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The Collector
AS A LITTLE GIRL, I watched in fascination as my mother darned socks over a wooden darning egg for all 10 of us kids, a silver thimble on her finger to protect from needle pricks. When I was grown with children of my own, I spied a set of porcelain t
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What’s New Online
All of us have been touched by the unique challenges of 2020. As we bid the year goodbye, let’s look forward to a new day with these prayers for hope, healing and renewal at angelsonearth.org/nyprayers. Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts! Ce
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Lost & Found
I HAD ALWAYS LOVED Christmas, especially the decorating. The only thing left to do was switch out the towels in my downstairs bathroom. My favorite towel had been a gift from my sister. It was light green and pink, embroidered with an adorable angel
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Sewing for Hope
RED HEARTS decorated the windows inside the dollar store, but that wasn’t what I’d come in for today. I’d stopped off on my way home from my nursing shift at the V.A. Mental Health Clinic as a favor to one of my patients. Irv was a Vietnam veteran wh
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Earning Their Wings
MEGAN TROISE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Back in March, 13-year-old Avery Sontheimer of Corry, Pennsylvania, won a baking contest. As a prize she received a $25 gift card for Walmart. She knew just what to do with it: buy five $5 gift cards and send them to
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Christmas Leftovers
‘‘JORDAN! JULIA!” I called, pouring orange juice so fast that it splashed on the table. “Get dressed right away—we’re late!” I hadn’t been a single mom for all that long, but I’d been optimistic about the new year. For my children’s sake, I’d sworn I
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One Red Glove
Flipping up the hood of my parka, I took a deep breath before stepping out into the icy March wind. The day was bleak, the sky a dour gray. Not ideal conditions for a stroll, but I needed some air—even if it was freezing. The past few days I’d been i
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The Answer
JANUARY 31. I circled the date on my desk calendar at work with a blue felt-tip pen. It was only the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, but there was a long wait to see the neurologist and I was lucky to get my husband, Wayne, in to be seen at all. Meanw
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Built by Angels
SUNDAY NIGHT, I was thinking about making dinner when the phone rang. “Turn on CBS,” a voice said. “What?” Click. The caller hung up. No, it wasn’t code or a message from heaven. It was just my mom. She sometimes made calls like that when she was wat
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Nana’s Princess
NANA, MY BELOVED grandmother, was in the hospital with bone cancer, and I’d picked up my mom so we could spend the afternoon with Nana together. It was hard to imagine that her days on earth were dwindling. She’d lived with such exuberance. “I still
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Sophie’s Secret
“SOPHIE WOULD MAKE a good therapy dog.” The day my dog trainer said those words, I didn’t even know what a therapy dog was. I certainly had no idea what traits my little Havanese had that would make her a candidate. But why not, I thought, if I can h
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Destination Angels
Spend Valentine’s Day curled up on the couch with these classic movies to warm your heart. They cover all the bases—flowery romance, abiding friendship and a child’s fairy tale wish come true. Have a box of tissue handy and get ready to be swept away
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Letters & Messages
The day was young when my friend, Marcia, and I returned from running errands. I got out of the car, keys in hand, ready to help get the groceries out of the trunk, when I caught my foot on a brick and stumbled to the ground, dropping my keys. Marcia
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Only Human?
NEVER HAD I SEEN such a winter in Maryland. The snow plows were busy keeping the roads clear. I didn’t like driving at night in these conditions, especially when a few months pregnant, but I’d agreed to chaperon my 12-year-old daughter Nicole’s field
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On A Wing And A Prayer
EVER SINCE MY HUSBAND and soul mate, Luther, passed away, the house had been eerily quiet. Most days I was used to it, but on a recent evening it caught me off guard. I walked in from work, and the silence hit me like a slap in the face. I escaped to
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The Humility Sisters
‘‘Afternoon babysitter needed.” That was the ad I put in our local shopper newspaper, a common way to find help back in 1975. My firstborn, Jenny, was six weeks old, and I was scheduled to return to work teaching half days at school. “Maybe we’ll fin
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Angels On Earth
Angels on Earth, a bimonthly magazine from Guideposts, presents true stories about heavenly angels and humans who have played angelic roles in daily life. Editor-in-Chief Colleen Hughes  Creative Director Kayo Der Sarkissian  Staff Editor Meg Belviso
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Angel Sightings
OUR GALAXY HOLDS so much mystery and beauty—and so many miracles. I was reminded of that after seeing NASA’s release of this photo of the Butterfly Nebula, or NGC 6302, as it’s cataloged. When I look at this picture I see God’s hand at work in the co
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A Housewarming gift
SOFA PILLOWS arranged about me for comfortable viewing, I tucked the throw around my legs and picked up the remote for the TV. A good movie at the end of the day could give me a lift. But when I hit the power button, all I got was a bright pink scree
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He Makes Winds His Messengers
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN a big fan of the outdoors. It was one of the reasons I’d chosen my mountaintop home. Even in winter, I looked forward to days off and the chance to get out in the fresh air. On this day, though, I was struggling even to get out of be
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Problems? She Can Relate
SLOWLY THIS TIME, I reread the e-mail on my phone. “We’re going to be evicted from our apartment unless we can come up with $1,000 in four hours. If there’s any way you could help, we’d be so grateful.” Teresa, a woman I’d never met, had sent it to m
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Valentine Angels
What am I doing? I asked myself as I sat in front of my laptop looking at a stranger’s profile—on a dating site of all things. My husband and I had divorced after a long marriage; we had grown children; and I hadn’t dated since I was a teenager. It w
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Heaven’s Music
CHRISTMAS SEASON COULD BE especially daunting at the hospital where I worked on the oncology ward, but I did all I could to keep hope alive. I walked into my new patient’s room and introduced myself. “Hi, I’m Alex,” I said cheerfully, “and I’ll be yo
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Clutter, Be Gone!
STACKS OF MAGAZINES and newspapers, empty cardboard boxes, half-filled trash bags of clothes to be given away. Junk in every corner, nowhere to sit. How had my living room come to this? I stepped over a broken chair, some out-of-season decorations, p
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Thanks For The Chicken Soup
WHEN I WAS growing up, Thanksgiving Day meant a houseful of people. So when it looked as if my husband, Don, and I were going to be eating alone, it just seemed natural to invite Justin. He was an international student working toward a degree in phys
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One Thankful Grandma
GRANDMA MIMI—THAT’S ME. Since the birth of my granddaughter, Ella, I’d been doing a lot of cooking for my daughter, Emily, and her husband, Andy. But I wasn’t sure how much longer I could keep it up. Their nondairy restriction really limited my menu
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Only Human?
ALMOST THREE O’CLOCK in the morning and I was the only car on the highway. I’d never seen Route 9 so empty. It was eerie. Just a bit further, I kept telling myself. I’d been visiting my dear friend Claire. Tonight, time had gotten away from us. Befor
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Destination Angels Lights, Lights, Lights
This neighborhood tradition dates to Christmas 1986, when Lacy Spata decked the halls (and then some) at her residence. A friendly competition was born on the block to see who could come up with the most over-the-top display. Today the dazzling light
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Lost & Found
THE EARLY DECEMBER AIR was crisp and cold as I walked out of the subway and into Union Square Park in lower Manhattan. It was the first night of Hanukkah, usually one of my favorite nights of the year. I looked forward to listening to my dad recite t
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