Contentment

From Bombs To Beauty

We built bombs there. Big ones. Torpedoes, actually. The Mark XIV big green was assembled there. At the end of WWI the US Naval Torpedo Factory on the waterfront in Arlington, Virginia was built and put into service. The idea was to prepare in case of future world conflicts. The powerful and terrifying weapons built […]

Beneath The Surface

It’s our new routine…and our happy place. Sitting on the back porch watching the sun rise across the small lake on which we live. Absolutely calm and still, absent of the afternoon breeze, our lake is a polished mirror with perfect reflections of the large oaks, beautiful houses and thick summer clouds that create its frame. […]

The Absurdification of Culture

It was a flash of mobile irony. Driving home after dropping off my teacher-wife at school, I was listening to National Public Radio. I enjoy the unique way they narrate the news. The story was about a dog grooming salon in Taiwan where the proprietor/groomer, Xiao Mo, is experimenting with canine quaffs created in distinct geometric shapes. Using skills […]

Leaking Life

Leaking life…every day for twelve years. That’s what was happening to a woman who snuck up on Jesus in a last-ditch attempt to get well. (Luke 8:43-48) You see, she’d had a menstrual hemorrhage for twelve years. Since, as Scripture says, “Life is in the blood”…she was literally discharging life. What’s worse, she had spent her […]

The Grind

Sophia, #2 of our 3 Granddaughters, was just post-toddler when she discovered PawPaw’s famous horsey rides. Now this was no normal knee-bouncing pony ride. It was epic–legendary among her older cousins. I bounced her wildly on my knee, her blonde locks flying everywhere as if she had mounted a fleeting steed. Then, at just the right moment, […]

The Last Note

Music boxes. Intricate musical contraptions that you wind up to enjoy their tunes while they disappointingly wind to a stop. I grew up hearing them because they were one of Mom’s favorite things. She had some that looked like decorative art and others that only came out on their appropriate holiday. An especially elaborate one actually required […]

Don’t Forget

She forgot my name. That was the hardest part. The woman who gave me life and then guarded that life with her life couldn’t remember what she had dubbed me when my life began. Mom worked tirelessly to make “home” unforgettable for her five children and gaggle of grandchildren by etching it permanently into our psyches […]

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