erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

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I pay attention to life is through writing. It helps me slow down, process and make the discovery that I’m not alone. 

Like a stack of stones along the banks of the Jordan, our stories piled up can be a great reminder that God is with us. May these stories be that reminder to anyone who reads them.

Listening at Death’s Door

My friend Betty is a little weird.  Why?  Because she’s a world-class listener.  And these days,...

Surviving South Dakota Winds

In a small South Dakota town, a little girl crawled under her trailer.  The wind was picking up,...

The Perfect Storm

After the shooting two weeks ago, the police found a note inside the gunman’s car.  “I don’t have...

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 the screens vying for our attention and the million must-do details running through our heads.  Stopping in the midst of...
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 home, but she had to do something.  Working her way underneath the bathroom, she pulled at the extension cord. This...
The Perfect Storm (The Conclusion)
Room 212 has no windows.  There’s no sunlight breaking through the blinds, warming my students in its brightness.  There are no views of Pikes Peak or of the leaves changing outside. Still, I’ve found beauty there. That classroom has been my home base, the setting...
The Perfect Storm
After the shooting two weeks ago, the police found a note inside the gunman’s car.  “I don’t have any friends,” he wrote.  “I don’t have any family. . .I’ve been an isolated loner my entire life.” He was only nineteen—a recent graduate of Central Visual and Performing...
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