Christianity, Faith, Family, Heroes, Love & Marriage

Father’s Day Blessings

The yearly observance of Father's Day has become a curious phenomena of late. Verbiage including phrases like "toxic masculinity" and the dreaded "male privilege" are bandied about, calculated to make all of us squirm. The always-reliable satire of The Babylon Bee makes this point with its June 15th story:  Father's Day Updated To 'Toxic Masculinity Awareness… Continue reading Father’s Day Blessings

Faith, Family, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage, Mothering

Leading The Way

With her 92nd birthday approaching (the end of August), my mother Ruthe must contemplate the final days (or years, we hope) of her incredible life on this planet. I've shared her stories more than a dozen times in this space, among them Everybody's Fine, The Tale of Bobbie Pringle (in 2 parts), and Safe In His… Continue reading Leading The Way

Dying, Family, Goodbyes, Grandchildren, Love & Marriage

Inscrutable Daisy

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

Culture, Family, Grandchildren, History, Living, Love & Marriage, Rants & Opinions

Between Friends

Friends don't let friends drive drunk. You've probably heard a version of this message from the Ad Council, a gentle caution for drivers and passengers alike. I've decided a similar message should apply with respect to social media. Maybe something like this:  Friends don't let friends contrive junk. I know, I know! It's clunky and doesn't roll off the… Continue reading Between Friends

Family, Love & Marriage, Music

Care Bear

Not long after our December wedding, I acquired two heart-shaped metal pans, perfectly sized for use in baking a suitable Valentine’s cake for my Beloved. (Though we were relatively broke, I justified the purchase ... the cost of a new card every Valentine's Day over our lifetime together would add up, but these baking pans could… Continue reading Care Bear

Christianity, Culture, Faith, History, Love & Marriage, Religion

Ultimate Authority

When we attended church yesterday, one of the first items presented to the attendees was a statement from our elders concerning last week's Supreme Court decision redefining marriage. This was an important and necessary statement. (I've captured an image of the statement below.) After the statement was read by an elder, the audience stood up and applauded ... loudly… Continue reading Ultimate Authority

Family, History, Love & Marriage, Poetry

E & T Celebrate 48

According to one wedding website, a mere 5% of married couples reach their 50th wedding anniversary. Given that about 2 million people marry every year in the United States, reaching the 50-year mark is an impressive achievement. Today, my older brother and his wife are celebrating their 48th anniversary, and God willing, will arrive at the 50 year… Continue reading E & T Celebrate 48

Culture, Fairy Tales, Living, Love & Marriage, Music, Poetry

Two Lives . . . One Note

Now that 2015 commencement exercises are mostly completed around the country, the wedding season is definitely upon us. At least one source states April is when wedding season actually begins, while other sources consider May the beginning of the "season." I've usually considered May the most common month among my friends and acquaintances. We've already attended one wedding… Continue reading Two Lives . . . One Note

Culture, Films, Living, Love & Marriage, Movies, Poetry

A Man Who Listens

Fifteen years ago, the Mel Gibson / Helen Hunt film, What Women Want, was released. The film is an entertaining look at what happens when a charming and seductive man named Nick experiences a freak accident. The morning after his accident, he realizes he has a new ability ... he can hear the thoughts of women around him. The movie… Continue reading A Man Who Listens

Arkansas, Gardening, Living, Love & Marriage, Miracles

Spring Blooms

Though I ended up working past dark (good thing I'm not afraid of the dark!), I completed my garden work this evening. All those tomato and pepper plants are safely ensconced in the soil – surrounded by a generous helping of Miracle-Gro garden soil – and ready to drink in the rain my Beloved tells me is expected… Continue reading Spring Blooms