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Three Things I’m Keeping from 2020

It is tempting to kick 2020 out the door with a "Good riddance." But I do want to hold onto a few things. Like these: This View I'm keeping some Christmas trees in place. They still make me smile every time I glance up from my desk. Light against the darkness. Hope in...

Christmas Eve with the Vending Machines

This picture is from one of my favorite Christmas memories. We drove five and a half hours to celebrate an early Christmas with all our kids and grandkids. Since no one had a big house at that time, Gramps and I hosted the party in the conference room of the hotel...

What We Are Doing for Christmas 2020

We didn't do this with our grandchildren after Thanksgiving. And we won't be doing this with them in a few weeks.           I won't do this with my mother and siblings. And we won't pose for an update of this. But, I can be okay with all of...

What to Do When the World Shakes

It was 1968, and the world was going crazy. I don't use that word lightly. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were both assassinated. The Viet Nam war heated up right along with protests against it. Riots, marches, and mayhem surrounded an entire generation who...

On Behalf of a Grateful Nation

Veteran's Day. Armistice Day. Choose your title for these 24 hours where we honor those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, guardsmen and women, and marines. Plus the family members they left behind. Sometimes forever....

The Real Lovers’ Leap

  Grandpa Jim sat at the lunch table with us at the local cafĂ© one afternoon. He had lost his sweet wife not long before, and the sadness still showed in his smile. But, that day, he told us he was thinking of paying a call on a widow in our community. His eyes...