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On The Back Step



This book is a collection of the writings, mostly in free verse, done over the last 40 years.  The writings are from those printed in the Lutheran Standard, the American Lutheran Church Women Scope, the Lutheran Ambassador, the Sioux Valley News column Country Style and for various church, family, or community events.  Her family encouraged her to compile all her writings into one book.  It is divided into six sections:  Country Days, Nature Entertains, Family . . . and Other People, Special Days, Unto Thee, O Lord, Do I Lift Up My Voice, Conversations With Eve.    

The pictures at the beginning of each chapter and on the cover are of Doris' grandchildren and great grandchild when they were children.  




Excerpts from: Special Days  

The Secret 

Thanksgiving Leftovers 




          The curious cow remarked one day 

                   while chewing on a cud of hay............ 

          "People are a funny brand  ---- our farmer I can't understand 

                   his corn is wet, the mortgage's due, 

                              but I just never see him blue. 

          Even though some things go wrong,  

                   still he whistles out a song." 


          Then spoke up the wise old cat, 

          "That man is smart; I'll tip my hat! 

                   I get around....and I have found 

                   that people either smile or frown.  

Some tarnish life with discontent, 

                             while other people's days are spent 

                             in counting all the blessings sent. 

          Happiness is quite an art. 

The secret is a grateful heart."      


By Doris Stensland 






                   Dear Lord, 

                   It seems that I forgot 

                   to thank for all the little things 

                   that brighten up my lot -- 

                      a newsy letter in the mail 

                      a plant upon the sill 

                      sunshine dancing on the rug 

                      morning coffee cups to fill. 

                      A "mmmm....that's good!" at mealtime                             

                      a freshly laundered sheet,. 

                      the happy sound of giggles 

                      and the patter of family feet. 

                   For it's all these many little things 

                      that make my days so sweet. 



-      Doris Stensland 



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