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Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely

In April of 1977 I buried my father after his nine month battle with colon cancer. Beginning at the emergency surgery in June of the previous year he lost ground weekly. His once sure steps gave way to a cane then a walker followed by a wheelchair. Finally his bed became his domain for the […]

Thoughts on West Virginia

Thoughts on West Virginia

West Virginia produces some of the toughest, self-reliant, non-stoppable people I’ve ever met. While other parts of the country panic during a natural disaster, West Virginians quietly jump in to help one another back to their feet. The recent record rainfall and devastating flood erased homes for many in the Elk River valley. Clothes, furnishings, […]

25 Things I Love About Christmas

25 Things I Love About Christmas

Merry Christmas! Here’s my list of things I love about Christmas. You can use the comment facility below the article to share some of your favorite things if you like. Reading the Christmas story alone, with my wife, or with my children. These words are without equal. (Luke 2, Matthew 1-2) Sharing the story, God’s […]

Don’t Fear the Project

Don’t Fear the Project

What’s on your home project list for this year? Have you written down your goals, or are you blissfully anchored to the Land of Procrastination? Projects require planning, time, resources, and a category in the household budget to cover expenses. Even with conscientious effort in these areas the project languishes without a start date. At […]

The Cure for Holiday Procrastination

The Cure for Holiday Procrastination

Are you doing a slow boil because someone is already avoiding holiday chores? The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas represent some of the busiest on the calendar. One person adopting an attitude of “tis the season to procrastinate” means someone else has to pick up the extra work. Stress abounds. Joy evaporates. Bickering increases. Some […]

Leave Something Positive Behind

Leave Something Positive Behind

In the first year of married life I purchased a lifetime supply of paperclips—ten boxes with 100 paperclips each. What a deal that was! I’ve had eight addresses scattered across four states in thirty-three years, and my paperclip collection has journeyed with me. I checked my inventory, and I have seven unopened boxes. Either I […]