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The same week my older son was admitted to a burn unit in Southern California my younger son’s wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  To say it wasn’t our best week would be an understatement.  However, the news is good and we are blessed. ...

A series of unprosecuted misdemeanors is occurring in our city. Lilacs are blooming. We have a neighbor with a hedge of lilacs that buffers their home from a busy street.  As far up as one can reach the unresistible blossoms are gone. Not only have...

On moonless nights my black lab disappears the moment we step into the yard.  She becomes instantly invisible as she melts into the darkness.  Care is essential as I move about lest I trip over her.  She reminds me of someone who told me he...

“Suspected tornadoes ripped through North Texas on Wednesday night, killing at least six people and injuring more than 100 others.”   This is the beginning of a CNN news story.  Obviously I am not a meteorologist because I am puzzled by the word “suspected.”  Is there...

There is a song in the musical Camelot entitled “I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight.”   After watching a 60 Minutes feature on Bill Gates, whose net worth is over 67 billion dollars, I find myself wondering what he is thinking tonight.  Perhaps tonight...

The expression “You get what you pay for” very much applies to wild bird seed.  If you buy the cheap (cheep - cheep) seed you will attract just a few species. If you spring for the good seed you get a much larger array of...

This afternoon one of my sister’s neighbors was walking his dog past her home when he noticed a dangerous electric line connection to her home.  He works for the electric company and made arrangements for an immediate repair.   We are our neighbor’s keeper.  And who...

We all know the expression “Let sleeping dogs lie.”  This evening it took on added meaning for me in a literal sense.  Our dog was (I thought) sound asleep when I said to my wife, “At 8 let’s go for a walk.”  An electric prod...

In I Corinthians 2:8 Paul calls Jesus the Lord of Glory.   The dictionary defines the word “glory” as awesome splendor and astounding beauty.  When something is glorious it is supreme.  The physical glory of the North American continent has to be Yosemite Valley.  The glory...

If one is open for a good dose of humility watching the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN is the perfect cure.  “Minauderies” is so obscure my spellchecker flagged it, yet an eleven-year-old correctly spelled it with the ease that we spell our names.   Nothing...