A tribute to my wife of 50 years

A tribute to my wife of 50 years. It has been 50 years since Judy and I pledged our love and faithfulness and to one another before God. When a couple promises this “for better or for worse” they have no idea of what they are committing to. What we did commit to was toRead more

Hard work

I grew up learning that hard work was the solution for just about everything. So, I intentionally developed good work habits and prided myself on being a hard worker. One summer while I was in college, I worked in a “labor gang.” The foreman told me that if he had 2 more guys like me,Read more

Like a dream come true…

Like a dream come true… Do you remember the last time you were happy?  I mean deliriously happy.  So happy that it seemed like a dream – almost too good to be true.  I can recall being that happy when I returned home from the hospital in 2011.  I had left my house for aRead more

Where do you run to find safety or security when you need it?

Where do you run to find safety or security when you need it? I recently watched a TV program titled “Mr. Monk and the Panic Room” during which the celebrated detective is called on to investigate a murder that occurred in a panic room. This room was in the home of a wealthy record producerRead more

Feel like everything is against you?

When you feel like everything is against you, that is because it is or it might be. It does not take a lot of imagination to think of circumstances that threaten to harm and overwhelm us. Social turmoil, political chaos, and financial uncertainty are compounded by our problems and issues. Bad news has taken onRead more

Big Henry

Big Henry dominated the chopping room at Hatfield Packing Company. The chopping room produced sausages, hot dogs, luncheon meats and was Big Henry’s domain. I first heard of him during my interview with Phil, the personnel director when he informed me that I would be “working with Big Henry and his crew.” This was greatRead more


Glad – when was the last time you were glad – really glad? When I was a boy and upset about something trivial, my father would say to me, “Don’t get mad; you’ll only have to get glad again.” What is glad? What does glad mean? Here are some suggestions from the thesaurus of myRead more

Discouraged, Overwhelmed, and Confused…

Discouraged, Overwhelmed, and confused… The news reports, particularly over the last month, have been discouraging. Who would believe that angry mobs would unabashedly threaten our governmental structure? Who would believe that our Supreme Court would actually yield to public pressure rather than uphold our Constitution? This social confusion and unrest are exacerbated by personal problems.Read more

Virus, Violence, vengeance, Vandalism, More violence …

These topics have demanded our attention over the past couple of months.  Headlines, top stories, breaking news have each centered on these topics.  News cycle after news cycle has hyped us into chaos and near anarchy.  Many factions are screaming for attention – trying to get their point across, but very few are listening.  FolksRead more

10 year anniversary

This week marks the 10th anniversary of my spinal cord injury. On May 25, 2010, I was seriously injured while riding my bicycle. Most of you are aware that I am a quadriplegic, being paralyzed from my shoulders down. I suppose that this anniversary is some accomplishment – rather, it is a divine blessing. WhenRead more