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Looking Back

Posted at 10:07 am

Mark’s eyes were closed, but there was intensity etched elsewhere on his face as he seemed to consciously struggle for each breath. “Not a good time of year for this sort of thing,” I said to his daughter, Annette, who had come to the nursing home on the first day of December to pick up […]


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 […]


I don’t know how it is at your house, but when our kids were growing up there were always two questions that invariably occupied an inordinate amount of time and attention this time every year: what were the children going to be for Halloween, and where did Mom hide the trick-or-treat candy? Through the years, […]

Posted at 11:47 pm

I’m a news and information kind of a guy – an AM radio junkie. So that’s usually what you’ll find me listening to during my daily commute to and from work. News. Sports. Information. But sometimes, when the mood is right – or when there’s nothing really interesting being talked about on my usual all-talk […]

Posted at 8:12 pm

It was the perfect evening for a walk in the early fall – warm, but not too warm. The sky was surpassingly clear, and a wondrously radiant harvest moon – or was it a hunter’s moon? I  get those two confused – illuminated the neighborhood streets with a gentle, comforting glow. Anita and Beth took […]

Posted at 5:05 pm

I don’t really know Rachel all that well – just enough to know that she is Jewish. So when I bumped into her the other day, our conversation turned quickly to that subject. I had been doing some research on the Jewish High Holy Days, which began this week with Rosh Hashanah. “I always thought […]