Almost There

Well, what a summer, eh?  It has been the most eventful of my life, that’s for sure.  But you know summer coming to a close always brings me a sense of melancholy.  There is just something about the summer “dying;” the fading of the garden, the coolness of the evenings, and the lengthening of the …

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Perspectives

Perspective is an interesting word.  It speaks about how we see things, what our viewpoint is, or what our perception of a thing is.  Perspective is a decidedly subjective thing.  Michal and I were watching a program the other night and one of the players in the drama reminded me of Molly Bixler.  Not so …

Scars

The last time I was in Washington D.C., they were just doing the ground work for the very impressive WWII monument.  I have seen pictures of it and am longing to go back to D.C. and walk its now hallowed plaza. I love D.C. because it is a living monument to our great Republic.  We …

Better Days

Some days are just better than others. I think we all realize that every day is not the same.  Even if we are doing the same routine day after day, not every one of those days are as good as the next.  Have you ever started some days and you just thought, “Oh, it is …

Empathy

Nobody has ever accused me of being “Mr. Compassionate.”  I was always the kind of dad that when one of the kids fell down and skinned a knee I’d say, “Spit on it and rub a little dirt in it.” When one fell off the bike the encouragement might be to “walk it off, there …

Laughing at Cancer

Let me get this “off my chest” right from the beginning: breast cancer is no laughing matter…until it is! Almost from the very beginning, laughter has been one weapon against the scourge of cancer that has come to the surface. I just saw many ironies and potential witticisms (such as the one above) coming out …