Our Nation, July 3rd, 2017

I fear that I’m falling out of favor   And part of me believes that it’s okay to be me just because   Who else understands my mind better than this heart these breaths   Apart from God alone   Independence from my atrocities now and forevermore   Rejoicing with the family I know In this…

4 years 273 days at Sea.

4 years. 273 days. That’s the length of time one couple has sailed across various oceans of the world with Princess Cruise(s). I only know this, because of a bulletin that recognized them as distinguished on a recent trip. I couldn’t process that milestone. 1,733 days at sea. 1,733 vacation days. 1,733 days passed willy-nilly with…

Home is more than an address

I think about home a lot. Especially since moving away.   Home – “the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.”   I like this definition better than some of the others online; it includes that one word, the adverb ‘permanently’. The image seems truer somehow, even if…

How to Break Free

Jim Burgen’s, No More Dragons, from Thomas Nelson Books. (on shedding decades of gnarly scales)   His sermons (while at Southland Christian Church in Kentucky) were instrumental during my college years, and this book has taken it a step further with messaging that centers upon curing a hardened heart. Jim challenges the reader saying: becoming a dragon is…

Why Our Work Matters

“Utterly alone, at the bottom of a fourteen-foot trench filled with water so thick with silt he literally couldn’t see his hand in front of his face, William Walker laid twenty-five thousand bags of concrete, slitting each bag open so the concrete could spread out as it set. He then used 115,000 concrete blocks and…

Dedicated to a Brave Maine Coon

(Kujo, circa 2004) It’s difficult to lose a pet. I got that call yesterday. When you experience it, it’s difficult to respond. How do you respond without feeling foolish? It was a pet. An animal. I’m working through it, but I know it’s been even harder to lose one that had such personality. With me throughout…
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