May 10, 2020

Legend of the Dogwood

~ Unknown

In Jesus time, the dogwood grew

To a stately size and a lovely hue.

'Twas strong & firm it's branches interwoven

For the cross of Christ its timbers were chosen.

Seeing the distress at this use of their wood

Christ made a promise which still ho...

March 15, 2020

Last Saturday was a beautiful early spring day, a crisp, sunny day perfect for experiencing the re-awakening of life amongst the wonders of the Indiana Dunes.  As we hiked amongst the rolling dunes held steadfast against the winds by the spreading tree roots, the sky w...

January 20, 2020

In a place where you can almost sense the primordial forces of fire, ice, and life, where images of snow capped volcanoes and lush forests reflect from the surface of waterways gouged by the great glaciers, these profound and sobering words are prominently displayed:

"F...

November 27, 2019

“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, a saying you’ve probably heard, and likely have personal experience with.  For myself, I would probably add a corollary statement that would say something to the effect that: “and the best way to his stomach is with ho...

October 13, 2019

This time of year, you don't have to go far to stumble over reminders that it's harvest time in our corner of the Midwest. It never ceases to amaze me how big a deal that "harvest" seems to have become to people who have never ventured anywhere near an actual working f...

August 28, 2019

The theme of my summer seems to have been "reunions".  In May, it was my 50th high school reunion in Nebraska followed in late July by my wife's extended family reunion held this year in Pomona, California near Los Angeles.  Sharing and reliving fond memories from my h...

May 19, 2019

Mother's Day was last Sunday, and thoughts of my own mother have been occupying my mind over the past couple of weeks. Mom has been gone now for more than four years, but this year for some reason, her absence seems to have penetrated my thoughts and emotions more deep...

March 31, 2019

"He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). That phrase from Jesus uttered during his Sermon on the Mount has been on my mind of late. I used to hear it a lot when I was growing up on the plains of N...

February 11, 2019

Considering polar vortices followed closely by 50 degree days and February thunderstorms, it's been a good couple of weeks to consider the transitory nature of ice. Ice has been in the news, in the air, on the street, covering the sidewalk, on our roofs and in our rain...

December 24, 2018

Monday's headline in the local newspaper in very large letters proclaimed "Yule travel more likely" with a subheading advising that the number of holiday travelers this year may break all records!

I'm sure there will come a day when my kids, while reflecting on shared m...

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