Extra special guest blogger!

It is my great privilege to offer this special edition of hopeforkip. My dear wife Judy has been my inspiration and encouragement for over 44 years – well before my injury! Here is a transcript of her comments  written for a ladies group at our church: What does it mean to ‘know the Lord’? WeRead more

Disturbing thoughts… Comforting promises

Something must have startled me. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what was going on… Forcing my eyes to open I attempted to look for the time projected on the ceiling by my alarm clock located beside my bed – 12:45 AM. I closed my eyes and attempted to return toRead more


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Over the last 2 weeks, 3 of our grandchildren (presently living with us) have enjoyed an unexpected “vacation” from school due to snow. The unplanned winter break provided some interesting challenges for their parents, but never the grandparents. One of the results was that they had the opportunity to feast on someRead more

Onomatopoeia for me!

What do the words hiss, buzz, thud and murmur have in common? Give up? They are all onomatopoeias. Remember hearing about those in 8th grade grammar class? Can one of those things teach us anything? You may be surprised at what you learn as you read on at: hopeforkip.com

Waiting… Waiting… More waiting…

A close friend is waiting for serious surgery… A relative and mentor are waiting to discern the effect of recent chemotherapy treatments… An acquaintance from the VA hospital waits in ICU for the source of his infection to be discovered… A young woman waits for the right young man to come into her life… WaitingRead more

Wait… Wait… Wait…

“Wait until your father gets home.” “Wait! You are going to hurt yourself.” “You will just have to wait until dinner.” “I can’t wait until my birthday/I’m 16/I’m out on my own/…” “You will just have to wait.” “Wait here while I go over there and pray.” (Jesus words to his disciples) Waiting is aRead more

Blog 2.7.15

“How are you doing? Do you need anything?” asked Judy my loving, compassionate helpmeet of so many years. (Incidentally, your time and especially your attention would be completely exhausted if I were to list even a small portion of her many selfless efforts in my behalf!) “Sure Pop–Pop!” Says the beautiful little girl (Isabel myRead more

“I win. I win.”

“I win. I win.” There is a soft familiar knock on my bedroom door at about 7:45 each weekday morning. It’s my 4 (almost 5)-year-old grandson, Jonathan. When queried, he always responds, “Is it moofy (translation smoothie) time yet? Jonathan, Judy and I take great delight in sharing this special time together. It almost neverRead more


Over the course of my injury, I’ve had several occasions on which to discuss various infections with contagious disease specialists. I have also personally known a physician who specializes in infectious diseases. The license plate on his car reads: Bug Doctor. I can imagine that this term – contagion is very familiar to him and possiblyRead more