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Border Crossing: A Spiritual Journey by Katie Funk Wiebe

By Katie Funk Wiebe

During this booklet, Katie Funk Wiebe speaks truthfully, faithfully, and movingly of life's later border crossings and exhibits that during the twilight time among evening and fading day a few of life's larger sorrows but additionally greater joys might be felt. She conveys her event so powerfully and authentically that it turns into common. a person suffering throughout the soreness and promise of crossing into one among life's new levels will locate in those pages a kindred spirit.

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But I was ready to learn. Because I was scared. " Joaquin Miller, Columbus Those of us who are growing older at the end of the twentieth century have watched our own parents, primarily our fathers, retire and move into new stages of life. Retirement is a fairly new phenomenon. Social security was only introduced in the 1930s to bring younger workers into the system and allow older ones to withdraw. Retirees weren't expected to live much past sixty-five. From a distance of several thousand miles, I watched my father move from a world of work to a world of rest.

Usually I throw such offers into the wastepaper basket. This time I slit open the heavy brown envelope and dumped out its contentscommercial coupons to be redeemed for the following products: a laxative arthritis pain medicine denture adhesive undergarments designed for leakage control bran flakes a specially designed chair for people with back problems door chimes to extend the sound of the doorbell magnifier for reading card shuffler side-cutting nail clipper night driver glasses specially designed slippers for people with feet Page 18 that change in size with the time of day a hearing aid As I flipped over the glossy four-color advertisements, I felt myself deflating like a punctured tire.

Then Dad would briskly sweep them up so they could begin again. He enjoyed sharing his store with people, for in doing so he was sharing himself. As he grew older and his back became more bent, he tired of carrying out ninety-eight-pound sacks of sugar or flour. Mother's urgent request to use a cart or dolly fell on deaf ears. That wasn't manly. A real man carried the sacks out on his back with an energetic stride. He paid his female hired help less because they couldn't carry heavy sacks. He firmly insisted on equal pay for women if they could do men's worklug ninety-eight pounds of flour.

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