erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Jim’s Secret

Jim’s Secret

My friend Jim is 88 years old, and he’s a newlywed.  Because he battles with parkinson’s, sitting is easier for him, so when we talked last Sunday,...

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Crossing Whitewater

Crossing Whitewater

Jeremy looked down at his phone, sitting in the back of room 212, his brow furrowed.  He had no words for anyone.  His classmates busily flipped...

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The Hard Choice

The Hard Choice

On a walk behind my house, my daughter Joy offered some wisdom.  The birds sang, and the sun slowly set in oranges and yellows behind Pikes Peak. ...

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After Death

After Death

As the sun rose in the east, students waited to cross the street, and Giorgia stood among them. She had great plans.  Her friend Emma was waiting to...

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Playing On the Ice

Playing On the Ice

Most responsible adults don’t suggest playing on the ice.  And for good reason.  For one thing, people die from it!  Someone could fall through and...

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A Candle in the Cold

A Candle in the Cold

February was cold, and not just because of the freezing temperatures.  A student at our school died last month in a car accident, so her friends...

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The Glass Cage

The Glass Cage

I struggle with anxiety.  Sometimes it feels like I'm trapped like my pet lizard, Spike, baking under a heat lamp in a glass cage.  But in those...

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Listening at Death’s Door

Listening at Death’s Door

My friend Betty is a little weird.  Why?  Because she’s a world-class listener.  And these days, not many people are good at listening—not with all...

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Surviving South Dakota Winds

Surviving South Dakota Winds

In a small South Dakota town, a little girl crawled under her trailer.  The wind was picking up, and at 20 below, it cut like a knife.  Nobody was...

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