Miracle in a thrift shop

The writing “Miracle in a thrift shop” is about a wonderful Iowa City thrift shop that is “one of more than 85 Mennonite Central Committee thrift stores in North America. The Crowded Closet has donated about $8.5 million to MCC since 1978” The story begins: “On the eighth day, God created a thrift shop. GodContinue reading “Miracle in a thrift shop”

27 Keys Article Featured by Pete Earley

I was grateful to be contacted by Pete Earley who wanted to feature my key things writing on his blog today. [View Post] For those who don’t know Pete, here is an excerpt from his about page: After a 14-year career in journalism, including six years at The Washington Post, Pete became a full-time authorContinue reading “27 Keys Article Featured by Pete Earley”

I found 27 keys to better mental health — You can find yours.

NOTE: This article was published by the Dallas Morning News on 11 Sep 2022 [VIEW] By Margalea Warner1:45 PM on Sep 9, 2022 The heaviness of my sigh matched the weight of the steel door that locked behind me with a loud clunk. I hadn’t committed a crime and I wasn’t in jail. I wasContinue reading “I found 27 keys to better mental health — You can find yours.”

In the Homestretch of Retirement

A snapshot I took of my cat stretched out across my appointment calendar captured what I thought retired life might be like: disregard my agenda and curl up in the rocking chair with my cat in my lap, reading novels and nodding off. I quickly learned that meaningful retirement isn’t like that! It must includeContinue reading “In the Homestretch of Retirement”

Comfort in a Storm — My friend, the honey locust tree, saved my life

This is an essay I wrote that was published by Angels on Earth for their Sep/Oct 2021 Magazine. I’ve included the issue cover and article artwork as well. Please scroll down to read the essay. How many times had I stood in just this spot, waiting for the bus? And yet in all that timeContinue reading “Comfort in a Storm — My friend, the honey locust tree, saved my life”

And Again I Say… (a re-poem)

The poem below, by Margalea Warner, appeared in the Spring 2021 issue of Rejoice!, a Mennonite publication. God the re-Maker said:I re-cycled youfrom dust to life and breath!You must re-vise your life!Re-linquish all that is not re-vitalizing.Don’t re-accumulate stuffRe-new your energy, re-fresh your spiritRe-pair what is brokenRe-store what has grown dullRe-unite with Me.Re-ceive my loveRe-joice andContinue reading “And Again I Say… (a re-poem)”