Since the passing of my mother-in-law on March 1st, my Beloved and I have sifted and sorted through the tangible mementos she left behind. There are photographs and slides aplenty, so I set myself to digitizing as many as possible to add to our (informal) family archive. Scanning the vast collection of photos/slides, etc. required… Continue reading Papers, Please?
My mother-in-law died last week. She turned 94 last October, so her passing wasn't unexpected. In addition to dementia (which prevented verbal communication), she suffered congestive heart failure. Bed-bound over the last six months, she slipped away quietly in her sleep. That was a blessing. Previously in this space, I've shared tidbits about the complex relationship betwixt my mother-in-law… Continue reading Inscrutable Daisy
Given the bleak title, people may automatically expect to read a wretched tale announcing I've contracted a dreadful (probably incurable) illness. Not so for this post, though there's no avoiding the truth: my days are numbered. Frankly, so are yours. Though we try to forget it, we are all mortal. As 2016 wound down and the obits… Continue reading My Days Are Numbered
Two-thousand-fifteen is the centennial year marking the publication of the curious (though largely forgotten) volume of poems titled Spoon River Anthology. Written by poet Edgar Lee Masters, the book is a collection of short poems (epitaphs) relating the lives of fictional small town characters (mingled with poems by several true-life figures) who share the same… Continue reading Here Lies . . .
Today's news that the convicted Boston Marathon bomber had been formally sentenced to death didn't surprise me. That awful atrocity from April 2013 cut short the lives of three people (one was an eight-year-old boy) and left 260 others injured, some maimed. They gunned down a fourth victim during the manhunt that followed the bombing.These were despicable acts… Continue reading Service To A Cruel God
Everyone needs compassion A love that's never failing Let mercy fall on me Everyone needs forgiveness The kindness of a Savior The hope of nations The lyrics above are the first stanza to a song written by award-winning lyricist and contemporary Christian vocalist Laura Story. The song is titled Mighty To Save.Listening today to the statements… Continue reading Mighty To Save
To the families of my brothers and sisters who lost their lives in Charleston, SC at a Wednesday night Bible study on June 17, we grieve with you and mourn the incomprehensible loss of your loved ones. May the great mercy of our Heavenly Father bring you comfort and peace.
Posting Monday about the death of Elisabeth Elliot, I used a couple pictures of her ... one was a familiar publicity photo and the other was a pen-and-ink sketch used on her website. In the World Magazine tribute noting Elliot's death, they used the photo below. A follow-up post noted that some readers of World had… Continue reading An Elisabeth Elliot Smile
Elisabeth Elliot died today. For those who aren't familiar with the name, I suppose she is best known for a tragedy that occurred almost 50 years ago – and her incredible courage in the midst of great personal pain. She and her husband, Jim Elliot, were living in the jungles of Ecuador doing missionary work… Continue reading She Followed Far
A recent television show, titled Forever, offered the intriguing tale of a man who experiences a kind of immortality. He's a couple hundred years old and if he dies or is killed, he returns. The premise had promise but earlier this month, after just one season Forever was cancelled. (I suppose when it comes to episodic television,… Continue reading Before Forever After