Communion

“Park right there,” she said pointing to a vacant spot between two large vehicles. “Sharon parks over there and I park here.” “Are your names on the spaces?” I asked. “Not officially.” “What about your pew?” “They should be,” she said not missing a beat. It was nice to start the morning with a few laughs after a rough couple weeks. My sweet Mama was in a car accident just before Christmas that totaled her car.  After 65 years of driving with a spotless record it was time to hand […]

“Park right there,” she said pointing to a vacant spot between two large vehicles. “Sharon parks over there and I park here.” “Are your names on the spaces?” I asked. “Not officially.” “What about your pew?” “They should be,” she said not missing a beat. It was nice to start the morning with a few laughs after a rough couple weeks. My sweet Mama was in a car accident just before Christmas that totaled her car.  After 65 years of driving with a spotless record it was time to hand [...]Keep reading...

Prime of My Life

When the caller ID showed it was my friend Sandy I grabbed a tissue. I knew why she was calling so I expected to get a little weepy. I’d texted her the night before to ask for prayer. At one point in the conversation I heard myself say, “I’ve gotten to the point I dread my birthday. Some big meltdown always happens.” While that sounds like an overly dramatic fatigue fueled statement I could make a list of the eventful things that have happened in the last ten Octobers to […]

When the caller ID showed it was my friend Sandy I grabbed a tissue. I knew why she was calling so I expected to get a little weepy. I’d texted her the night before to ask for prayer. At one point in the conversation I heard myself say, “I’ve gotten to the point I dread my birthday. Some big meltdown always happens.” While that sounds like an overly dramatic fatigue fueled statement I could make a list of the eventful things that have happened in the last ten Octobers to [...]Keep reading...

Five in Change

Two stories and two thoughts…  I was walking out of the grocery store the other day and saw a dime on the ground. Now normally, a dime would be totally worth picking up but for whatever reason I didn’t. I kept walking, put my groceries in the car and drove away. As far as I know, that dime is still there. Kären would be ashamed if she knew this.  A few days later, I was walking through another grocery store with my wife Teri and saw paper money on the […]

Two stories and two thoughts…  I was walking out of the grocery store the other day and saw a dime on the ground. Now normally, a dime would be totally worth picking up but for whatever reason I didn’t. I kept walking, put my groceries in the car and drove away. As far as I know, that dime is still there. Kären would be ashamed if she knew this.  A few days later, I was walking through another grocery store with my wife Teri and saw paper money on the [...]Keep reading...

50 Shades Wiser

My Mom was the first to tease me today with an over-the-hill joke and my brother quickly followed on her heels. I took it well though but prior to this I’d been dreading the big day for this reason. I knew the jokes were coming. I told some friends I was out with last week when they asked that I just wanted to get it over with. I smiled when I said it but there was a pit in my stomach—just talking about it at dinner made me nauseous. I […]

My Mom was the first to tease me today with an over-the-hill joke and my brother quickly followed on her heels. I took it well though but prior to this I’d been dreading the big day for this reason. I knew the jokes were coming. I told some friends I was out with last week when they asked that I just wanted to get it over with. I smiled when I said it but there was a pit in my stomach—just talking about it at dinner made me nauseous. I [...]Keep reading...

Pertinent Negatives

I felt my stomach flop when I walked in the room.  The radiology technician was mixing the goo I’d be drinking soon.  I didn’t expect the container to be so big. “I’m not sure I wanted to see that,” I said.  “That’s for me right?” “Yep” he said. “It’s pretty nasty isn’t it?” “It’s not too bad.  It tastes like Tums.” “Yeah but you don’t drink Tums you chew them,” I said. He laughed and went on to show me the whole tray of cocktails he’d be serving me for […]

I felt my stomach flop when I walked in the room.  The radiology technician was mixing the goo I’d be drinking soon.  I didn’t expect the container to be so big. “I’m not sure I wanted to see that,” I said.  “That’s for me right?” “Yep” he said. “It’s pretty nasty isn’t it?” “It’s not too bad.  It tastes like Tums.” “Yeah but you don’t drink Tums you chew them,” I said. He laughed and went on to show me the whole tray of cocktails he’d be serving me for [...]Keep reading...

Eye Contact

They know what I’m going to say.  It’s not very original but when you’re face is obscured by the camera you can’t just smile and hope to solicit one back.  So, off my tongue it rolls, “Look at me and say MOMMY!” over and over until we get a decent shot. Last Saturday was the day for this familiar refrain.  It was time for the annual Christmas photo shoot.  Every year the boys dread it but this year I threw them for a loop when I said, “We’re not going […]

They know what I’m going to say.  It’s not very original but when you’re face is obscured by the camera you can’t just smile and hope to solicit one back.  So, off my tongue it rolls, “Look at me and say MOMMY!” over and over until we get a decent shot. Last Saturday was the day for this familiar refrain.  It was time for the annual Christmas photo shoot.  Every year the boys dread it but this year I threw them for a loop when I said, “We’re not going [...]Keep reading...

A Fan of You

I got myself out of the house at 7:00 AM which is unheard of on a Sunday morning.  I’d set out early to buy the week’s groceries before church.  Luke was coming over after service to watch his beloved Eagles play their second game of the season.   He could watch in his dorm but Chip Kelly’s offense would look better in high def at home and the snacks are free. Not even coffee makes grocery shopping that early easy but I managed.  At the check out the clerk asked me […]

I got myself out of the house at 7:00 AM which is unheard of on a Sunday morning.  I’d set out early to buy the week’s groceries before church.  Luke was coming over after service to watch his beloved Eagles play their second game of the season.   He could watch in his dorm but Chip Kelly’s offense would look better in high def at home and the snacks are free. Not even coffee makes grocery shopping that early easy but I managed.  At the check out the clerk asked me [...]Keep reading...

Viral

I swore last year I wasn’t planting one.  Then spring sprung and before you know it I was at the nursery buying plants—all the time knowing the potential for heartbreak was great. I started early and carefully hardened my Early Girl’s setting them outside daily for ever increasing amounts of time.  While I was doing that I aerated and fertilized the soil.  Next I installed a drip system and built covers for the plants in the event of a late freeze.  For once maybe I’d thought of everything! With every […]

I swore last year I wasn’t planting one.  Then spring sprung and before you know it I was at the nursery buying plants—all the time knowing the potential for heartbreak was great. I started early and carefully hardened my Early Girl’s setting them outside daily for ever increasing amounts of time.  While I was doing that I aerated and fertilized the soil.  Next I installed a drip system and built covers for the plants in the event of a late freeze.  For once maybe I’d thought of everything! With every [...]Keep reading...

Change Between the Seats

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the red chair I love sitting in. It’s the one that’s in the coffee shop located 50 steps from my house. Just to recap for 12 seconds, I wrote about seeing a nickel and two pennies and not picking it up and how the next time I sat in the red chair, it was gone. It made me start thinking that the chance for change might be a fickle one: Here one day, gone the next. And I still think that, but […]

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the red chair I love sitting in. It’s the one that’s in the coffee shop located 50 steps from my house. Just to recap for 12 seconds, I wrote about seeing a nickel and two pennies and not picking it up and how the next time I sat in the red chair, it was gone. It made me start thinking that the chance for change might be a fickle one: Here one day, gone the next. And I still think that, but [...]Keep reading...

The Big Red Chair

I was sitting in the coffee shop by my house the other day. I frequent this coffee shop because it’s 50 steps from my apartment door and there’s a big red chair there. I love this chair. It’s a leather chair with big armrests and a deep seat. It even comes with an ottoman so I can rest my feet up as well. Even better is that the red chair is situated right beside the fireplace at the coffee shop. During the winter, I come in, sit by the fireplace, […]

I was sitting in the coffee shop by my house the other day. I frequent this coffee shop because it’s 50 steps from my apartment door and there’s a big red chair there. I love this chair. It’s a leather chair with big armrests and a deep seat. It even comes with an ottoman so I can rest my feet up as well. Even better is that the red chair is situated right beside the fireplace at the coffee shop. During the winter, I come in, sit by the fireplace, [...]Keep reading...