Sacred Pandemonium

It finally happened. After 37 Christmases with 3 children, their loves and our 7 grandkids I guess it was inevitable. In National Lampoon worthy fashion, this year the Christmas tree fell over. Now, to be accurate, we have two trees. The formal, pretty one we call “Mom’s tree” and the other is the “family tree”. […]

It Doesn’t Take Much

In the most fragile moments of life, it doesn’t take much to make a big difference. I have spent the past few days watching the tender interaction between two of the most amazing women I have ever met. My wife and her mother. Dianne’s 98-year-old mom is actively dying. She has been under Hospice care since January but has rapidly […]

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, […]

Just Keep Swimming

One of the best things about being a grandpa is that I have a valid excuse to watch animated movies again. My childish delight in viewing these computer-generated fables is actually a bit legendary among my seven Grands. One of my all-time favorites is a fish tale called Finding Nemo. The story is an epic saga […]

Beggars At A Five-Star Feast

Hi. My name is Michael. I’m a foodie. There, I said it. I love food. But not just food…good food. Great food, actually. I love sourcing, serving and savoring it. Whether the artistic plating at a classic fine dining establishment, the organic offerings of a farm-to-table boutique or the homespun goodness of a southern lady’s […]

Why I Still Pray

“I’m like the persistent widow before the judge…I’m going to keep reminding You of this until You do something about it.” I’ve heard her say it many times, in many critical moments of our 35-year marriage. When our children are sick, our grandkids in crisis or our home under attack. When friends are suffering, leaders […]

What Are You Waiting For?

The trouble with waiting is you have to wait so long. If I could truly “hurry up and wait” I would. Get it over with and get on with it. Waiting tries my patience. It makes me crazy. I want to race into the next phase, turn over the new leaf, launch into the unknown, rise to […]

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