Spent Shells

Ethiopian farmers find them all the time. Spent shells. Bomb casings from past wars and conflicts litter their fields like plastic water bottles on a busy roadside. This left-over battle waste must be cleared or it serves as a hazard to the farmer’s meager equipment. Question is, “What do you do with spent shells?” These […]

Is That Your Name?

Our baby is having a baby. My wife and I can hardly believe it. That little girl we held in our arms just yesterday will soon be embracing her own little girl for the very first time. As all new parents do during the process of a pregnancy, Lauren and Chase had to choose a […]

A Blanket Proposal

It wasn’t his best day. Not even close. After a very long obedience in the right direction, he let down his guard, had a bit too much to drink and wound up in a highly compromising situation. Had he been able to stay awake, he would have been embarrassed and humiliated. But he was in […]

His Mystory

A park bench was the backdrop for two young men in deep conversation. This wasn’t one of those “who’ll take the Series” talks. It was gut level, expose-your-real-self talk. As they were unpacking hearts, one of the guys got quiet and just stared pensively into space. Noticing the distance and the deep sadness in his […]

Home Free

The painting was horrendous. A tacky country scene some B-rated artist daubed on canvas while in a maudlin fit of depression. But the frame was vintage unique and very beautiful. It was well worth every penny of the $4 the buyer forked over at the tiny Allentown, Pennsylvania yard sale. When he got this little prize home, the […]

Breathing Room

Sheer panic. That was the look on my grandson’s face when for the first time in his life he had the wind knocked out of him. Playing rambunctiously as little boys do, he had tripped and fallen flat on the concrete. Now he couldn’t breathe. Having never experienced it, the terror he felt was palpable. No […]

Don’t Miss The Party!

Our daughter–the baby of our family–is getting married next week. To say we are over-the-top with anticipation and excitement is criminal understatement. We are planning a beautiful gala in a Texas vineyard…a unique celebration of the passion and potential of this newly joined life. It’ll be a great party. We summoned lots of those we love […]

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