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Looking Back

Mar
22
Posted at 12:21 pm

Janelle was running late for work, so she just had time for a quick look at herself in the mirror as she was going out the door. What she saw there made her stop dead in her tracks. Her white blouse was — shudder! — wrinkled. Normally, this would not be a huge problem for [...]

Feb
02
Posted at 12:13 pm

I need to make a confession. I know, this isn’t the time or place. I can’t help it. I need to get this off my chest. Now. I cheated. There. I said it. It’s out there, in front of Google and everybody. I’m a cheater. I looked at the 2012 Super Bowl commercials BEFORE the [...]

Nov
23

I don’t know how God does it. Seriously. I can’t figure it out. How He sits up there or out there or wherever “there” is and allows us to learn important lessons by going through hard things that just naturally happen to us during the course of our lives . . . well, I just [...]

Nov
16
Posted at 12:17 pm

The recent re-release of Disney’s “The Lion King” (3D! Blu-ray! Diamond Edition 2-disc set!) takes me back to the day Anita and I took our five children to see the animated film when it was released in 1994. Even with a 2-year-old in tow, the cinematic experience was pretty overwhelming. I don’t know what came [...]

Aug
30
Posted at 4:49 pm

I’m not saying they are heroes or anything like that. Not exactly. But as far as I’m concerned, the Murphy family did a pretty heroic thing last weekend. They watched a movie. And not just any movie.  No, sir. As fierce winds from Hurricane Irene shook windows in their apartment building, bending trees all around [...]

Aug
18
Posted at 4:38 pm

There are a lot of things I don’t understand. Like Lady Gaga, for example.  I don’t get it. And NASCAR (Hello? Left turns?). And “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” – who are these people and why should I be keeping up with them? And I don’t have the least idea why a respectable publishing house [...]

Jul
19
Posted at 4:01 pm

“That’s it! I’m through! I’ll not take another step!” William threw his tired teenage body to the ground in the sparse shade of the first tree they had seen in several days. Caroline stood beside him anxiously, torn between love and loyalty for her older brother and the fact that the pioneer wagon train was [...]

Jul
14
Posted at 9:41 pm

There’s no other way to say this: I screwed up. Three weeks into a new job, and I make a mistake that my boss calls “extremely embarrassing” in a company-wide e-mail – which, by the way, he writes because he feels he needs to explain that what I did is something no one on the [...]

Jun
23
Posted at 9:25 pm

It figured to be a tough night for Cassie. The restaurant at which she works as a server was packed. The wait staff was short-handed. And there were several large groups that were demanding a lot of her time and attention. Oh, and one more thing: she was pregnant. For the sixth time. None of [...]

Jun
08
Posted at 9:14 pm

It was the worst day of my life. Granted, I was only 15 years old and my life had been pretty easy, especially if you don’t count the time Mom and Dad left my sisters and I out in the Impala while they put a few coins in the slot machine in Vegas, and I [...]