I approach this July 4th with what can be best described as mixed emotions. Most certainly, I want to celebrate the birth of our great Republic. Oh, how youthful memories flow of those 4ths of July spent at baseball tournaments or family reunions at my grandmother’s. As a young adult, many an Independence Day meant a trek to my … Continue reading Celebrating Freedom
Recently, my family spent a week vacationing together in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. And when I say family, I mean FAMILY. All my children, grandchildren, a brother, his wife and son, along with my wife and her grandson — a total of 23 related-by-DNA and marriage kind of people — shared a three-story, cliff-hanging, ten-bedroom cabin … Continue reading Good Golly Miss Dolly
A recent Facebook post aimed at the under-50 demographic prompted a smile and a chuckle for its innate wisdom. “Y’all better enjoy your 20s, 30s, and 40s. Because in your 50s, that check engine light is gonna come on.” How true! I might add you can also expect an unwelcome guest to show up — … Continue reading The Warning Lights Are Growing Brighter
Boris had lost hope. All hope. Unjustly imprisoned in a filthy prison camp far from home, he had all but given up. Life wasn’t worth living anymore. Having grown up in Stalinist Russia, Boris was a dedicated Communist. He was also a Jew. He had no love for the Czar and the Christian Orthodox believers … Continue reading Forgetting God
It may come as a surprise to 21st Century Americans that the original official motto of Harvard University, first adopted in 1692, was Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae, Latin for “Truth . . . for Christ and the Church.” In the 17th and 18th centuries, Harvard students were encouraged to have a biblical worldview and embrace … Continue reading What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?
“Two came in the screened porch, Poppy!” My four-year-old grandson had an urgent sound in his voice. It was mid-afternoon on a lovely Spring day when I sat down on my patio to enjoy a glass of iced tea after finishing some yard work. Confused, I replied with a simple, “Two? “Yes, Poppy, Two … Continue reading The Rescue of Two
I have mixed emotions about Facebook. But one feature I do enjoy is the occasional memories that pop up. These heartwarming reminders, more often than not, spark a laugh, prompt a smile, or, more likely, a shake of the head as I wonder — has it been that long? This week’s Facebook memory is a … Continue reading God’s Paintbrush at Work
Matthew 27:45-46: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, la′ma sabach-tha′ni?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” As one ponders these last words of Christ on the cross, … Continue reading What’s So Good About Good Friday?
Music has power — to elevate your mood, lower stress, and even improve your blood flow. Depending on the tempo and chord progression, music can calm one’s spirit or tug tenderly on your heartstrings. I was reminded recently of one melody that, for me, often prompts a search for Kleenex. Three notes and my eyes … Continue reading Misty Eyes and the Ashokan Farewell Waltz
I usually steer clear of too much political opining, but a recent Facebook post by a friend prompted me to ponder in writing what it means to be “woke.” Unless you have been on Mars for the past several years, you know that the verb describing the status of sleep has morphed into an adjective … Continue reading Woke is Broke