The First and the Last and the First

Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (84): Sow, Reap, and Weep—Or Sow, Weep, and Reap!

“You’ll reap what you sow” is foundational, not only to farmers but to all of us as humans. Not only physically, but spiritually. That’s doubtless why Jesus urged us in Matthew 13:18 to “Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.” What was that parable? “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (84): Sow, Reap, and Weep—Or Sow, Weep, and Reap!

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (82): TRUE Clean

COVID is spreading like a sinister wildfire smoldering its way around the world. It’s a time when we’re all very concerned about being “clean” and washing properly, so I think the account of Jesus failing to wash up before dinner is particularly noteworthy today. Jesus had been invited to a Pharisee’s home for dinner but … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (82): TRUE Clean

Impressions of Étretat . . . and of Life

Images of Étretat, France have been playing in my brain for 38 years—this image in particular! Do you recognize it? It’s from Epcot’s utterly captivating Impressions de France movie, which began playing on opening day back in 1982 (when our family was young) and now holds the Guinness World Record for the “longest running daily … Continue reading Impressions of Étretat . . . and of Life

Understanding Stress and Stress-Relieving Strategies

This world-wide COVID pandemic has increased humanity’s stress load beyond anything most of us have personally experienced. First, I want to point out that stress is a fact of life and actually improves performance up to a point (see chart above), but it must be managed or we’ll be overwhelmed. So, let’s take on the … Continue reading Understanding Stress and Stress-Relieving Strategies

Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

If you have a fetish for using up leftovers the way I do, then you’re probably always on the lookout for a new idea for how to turn the remains of a big dinner into something a touch more novel than “leftovers for the third night in a row.” This idea struck me during the … Continue reading Creamy Ham and Potato Soup

Covid-19 Pandemic: Taking the Problem Seriously

Is the Covid-19 crisis real or a scam? What if China’s information has been inaccurate? What if it turns out that Covid-19 kills fewer people than the flu this year and we end up ruining our economy trying to self-isolate? What if the virus is part of biological warfare? What if this has all been … Continue reading Covid-19 Pandemic: Taking the Problem Seriously

Frankenmuth: The Birthday Club and Historical Society Roots Tour

I wrote about Frankenmuth eight years ago as a sort of “Christmas Present” event, where Alan and I enjoyed the Christmasy ambience of this historic German community, complete with an afternoon of shopping at Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store, which houses over 50,000 gifts in an area nearly the size of two football field. … Continue reading Frankenmuth: The Birthday Club and Historical Society Roots Tour

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (72): Finding the Strait Gate

I cannot read Jesus’ admonition to enter the “strait gate” without thinking of “every man” from Pilgrim’s Progress. This man was so burdened by what he’d read in the Book that he left his hometown in search of the Celestial City. However, he quickly discovered that he had to enter through a special gate before … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (72): Finding the Strait Gate

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (70): 7-Eleven Knocking

7-Eleven stores are not only popular in America, where there are thousands of these little convenience stores attached to gas stations, but there are now more 68,000 “7-Eleven” stores in seventeen different countries around the world! The stores first used the name 7-Eleven because they were open between 7:00 am -11:00 pm, but now most … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (70): 7-Eleven Knocking