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

Arkansas, Family, Food & Recipes, Grandchildren

Ten, Two and Four

For people who are into fine dining, there's big news in our locale. The news revolves around the Texas chain of hamburger joints, Whataburger, now introducing their brand to northwest Arkansas. (Yes, the fine dining reference is written with tongue-in-cheek.) I think I've eaten at a Whataburger maybe twice in my life. All the buzz about this new chain coming… Continue reading Ten, Two and Four

Arkansas, Culture, History, Politics, Rants & Opinions

Purging History

When our older son purchased his first vehicle, he was about sixteen years old. He wanted a pickup truck and found a 1984 Dodge that appeared to be a dependable vehicle. After he purchased it, he began making modifications. I recall he put lifts on it and he painted it a dull camouflage green. (There… Continue reading Purging History

Christianity, Dying, Faith, Goodbyes, Heroes, History, Movies, Poetry, Religion

She Followed Far

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

Christianity, Faith, Living, Religion, Sports

Quest For A Crown

Watching American Pharoah win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park today,  I was reminded of an article I read early in the day. The headline said:  Science Says American Pharoah Won't Win the Triple Crown. So much for prognostications, huh? The spectacle surrounding a horse race, particularly at this elite level, is striking. First off,… Continue reading Quest For A Crown

Arkansas, Culture, Family, Health & WellBeing, Living, Rants & Opinions

Refuse To Be A Victim

Back in the days when I was in eighth or ninth grade, my girlfriend and I decided we'd work out together. (In those days, we called it exercise.) It was summertime, we planned to sunbathe in our two-piece swimsuits, and a sudden interest in boys dictated we look our best.We were fourteen or fifteen, easily impressed by the… Continue reading Refuse To Be A Victim

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

Culture, Happiness, Living, Music, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, Poetry

Back To The 60s Again

For as long as I can remember, music has been an integral part of my life. Two other posts in this space (here and here) offer some background. Because I'm also a product of the 1960s, there's a certain genre of music that shaped my life just as it shaped the lives of most in my baby-boomer… Continue reading Back To The 60s Again