Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Know When To Hold

The recent commemorations of D-Day have sparked my reflections. With this final day of June 2019, my thoughts center on my father-in-law (FIL) whose birthday it is. He was born in 1921. I've mentioned him in several previous posts, most recently here. Born in Kansas, the second child of Fred and Georgia, Max learned early… Continue reading Know When To Hold

Abortion, Brave New World, Culture, Family, Films, Rants & Opinions

Survivors All

Our culture reveres survivors ... and rightly so! The stories of concentration camp and holocaust survivors so stir our emotions, we often see these stories turned into movies. The Diary of Anne Frank was produced multiple times. I'm surprised The Hiding Place (from 1975) hasn't been remade. In 2014, Unbroken was produced and directed by actress Angelina Jolie who deemed… Continue reading Survivors All

Culture, Family, Heroes, History

Endowed By Our Creator

Today, we celebrate Independence Day, the official 239th birthday of our country, memorialized at the top of our Declaration of Independence. In our family, we also commemorate this day as the 73rd wedding anniversary of my Beloved's parents. With grateful hearts and thankfulness to God, we salute both my in-laws' union and the historic beginnings of our United States.

Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Heroes, Hope, Living, Politics, Religion

Naming the Name of Jesus

A little boy needs his daddy. When birthdays roll around, he feeds on his daddy's presence ... the grown man modeling for the young one how to navigate through the normal events of life. For a boy in primary school whose daddy is half a world away, an extended absence of more than thirty months represents a significant chunk… Continue reading Naming the Name of Jesus

Christianity, Christmas, Faith, Family, Miracles, Religion

Birthday of A King

When our children were small, we usually tried to set aside time on Christmas Eve to read and briefly discuss the "real meaning" of Christmas. We understood how difficult it is for children to think of anything else on Christmas morning except for their intense excitement ... and the presents! No question, childlike exuberance is a sight… Continue reading Birthday of A King

Christianity, Christmas, Faith, History, Poetry, Religion

Every Day More Real

The familiar Christmas carol, O, Little Town of Bethlehem, was written by Episcopal bishop and poet Phillips Brooks (1835-1893, whose birthday was this week). In the first verse of this poem, Brooks wrote: This carol is a familiar one. Phillips Brooks is probably less familiar to most people. He was born to a Boston family… Continue reading Every Day More Real

Family, Genealogy, History

American Raphael

People who have read this blog over the last couple years will be aware of my love for genealogy. For one sample, I posted here about my Philadelphia forebears, a family with the surname West. The West Family is my 88-year-old mother's line and she is the last known person from her clan. With the common name of West, doing… Continue reading American Raphael

Family, Genealogy, Happiness, Love & Marriage

A Journey Together

Serving as a communal storage locker, our barn has been the keeping place for items of all kinds for several members of our family. Since moving out of their home months ago, our son and DIL have stored quite a bit of their furniture and household belongings in this space. It's large enough for about six… Continue reading A Journey Together

Abortion, Culture, Dying, Living, Miracles, Poetry, War Against Women

Life Is A Gift

On Wiseblooding, I post periodically about abortion. It's an issue about which I feel strongly. I am unwaveringly pro-life. Back in the late 70s, I composed a simple poem that summed up the debate of that time. Those were the days when discussion seemed more focused on the specious question:  When does life really begin? Over… Continue reading Life Is A Gift

Faith, Family, Genealogy, Heroes, Love & Marriage, Music, Uncategorized, Writing

Guitar Man

Today is my dad's 92nd birthday. He has been gone from this world for twenty years, but as one might suspect, his influence continues. I've posted about him here (2010) and here (2014). To the best of my knowledge, the picture at left was snapped while he was stationed in France with the Army during World War II.… Continue reading Guitar Man