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More than One Reason

Recently, I decided to loan my middle son one of my cherished books, a leather-bound edition of Mark Twain novels. I charged him to take special care of it and not leave it lying around on the floor as I have seen so many of the other books in our […]


Be devoted to one another in brotherly love… I finish reading Romans 12:10-13 and ask Myself, “What does it mean to ‘be devoted to one another in brotherly love’? How do I remain devoted to loving others who are unloving towards Me? How do I refrain from becoming unloving towards them?” […]

All at Once

The other day, latent intermittent snowflakes dallied down upon the spring-green lawn. Last fall’s crumpled leaves lay along the graying fence, and the promise of summer sunshine glowed behind the shadows. Viewing the seasons all at once happens only in certain places. Such a moment of colliding conditions is a […]

Divine Diversion

On a whim,  I veered north instead of west. My middle son’s appointment had ended, and the morning was nearly over anyway. He had brought along Frog and Toad. Why not stop by and read to Great-Grandma before lunch? Taking this picture and recording his reading to her was a […]

In the Middle of the Clay

In 1985, I am not where I would like to be. Back to the Future comes out this year, and I put science-fictional hope in a DeLorean. The St. Louis Cardinals face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. I become a fast fan, even if Kansas City wins. […]

Not Just a Remnant

Over the last twenty-two years, I have sorted and discarded many clothes for being too small, too big, too trendy, too outdated, too new (as in still sporting tags), too old (as in reduced to near-rags), or too…something. But, there are a few “chosen” garments that remain “holy and dearly […]

Pièce de Résistance

Much preparation goes into this day set aside for giving thanks. It’s easy to think it’s all about the food. Turkeys will fill the center of most tables. Side dishes of mashed potatoes and flavored vegetables even children will eat surround it. Perhaps the pièce de résistance is the pie. […]

Fight Song

“It matters not how the battle goes, The day how long; Faint not! Fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.” From Streams in the Desert What songs sound a rally cry in my heart? On this typical-Monday, I drove through my town’s puddled streets, singing Fanny Crosby’s “Redeemed.” I belted out […]

That’s Enough for Me

Even with the tape crackles and microphone muffles, the voice clarity lofting to high G’s surprises me. One viola note makes me cringe for a finer tuning. Otherwise, its deep resonance hums with Grandma’s piano, a Whitney baby grand given to her for her high school graduation. Her light-touch improvisations […]

First Love

A quick, simple pat on my knee tells me he loves me more than during those long-ago, lingering kisses parked in his Buick Regal after midnight outside my parents’ home. He is one of the reasons I am a better person now than I was then. His easy smile lifts […]