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The Inclined Christmas Tree

The Inclined Christmas Tree

From a Christmas past: The evening grew later as I horsed the over-sized fir tree through the dining room into the living room trailing a wave of needles behind me. I had trimmed the base to create a new entry point for water and took care to make the cut straight. Alas, no matter how […]

The Broken Angel

The Broken Angel

She’s back! This angel ornament topped the Christmas trees of my childhood. Mom and Dad purchased her their first Christmas together back in the 1950’s. Mom kept the angel wrapped in soft cotton in the off season, and she alone unboxed the decoration at tree-trimming time. Dad’s job was to place the angel on the […]

How to help with grief

How to help with grief

It’s sometimes hard to believe two years have passed since Mom’s death. I wrote this article in the fall of 2018 but did not share it. Shawn and I made so many trips to West Virginia in 2018 that we memorized the road from Raleigh to Saint Albans, all 700 miles and 14 hours of […]

What is a dooflachee?

What is a dooflachee?

At breakfast Shawn expressed a desire or perhaps it was a need or a want. I am not sure which. Her exact words were, “Can you fix the dooflachee on the thingy?” No context. No surrounding conversation. No supporting documentation. Her mind is not equipped with a display and keypad where I might scroll up […]

Social Media Shipwreck

Social Media Shipwreck

The Greek word translated shipwreck in the King James Version of the Bible can be found twice, both times in the writings of Paul. In the first case (2 Corinthians 11:25) Paul listed some of the hardships he suffered while carrying the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the known world. During his career Paul suffered […]

Am I different than Achan?

Am I different than Achan?

I find it easy to hop onto my spiritual soapbox to judge certain Bible characters. Like Adam who just had to taste that fruit. Or Samson who could not control his lust. Or Achan who thought he could get away with stealing. For a brief moment I may find myself feeling superior as I think, […]