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Remembering a Civil War Soldier

Today—on Memorial Day—we honor all those who gave their lives serving our country in the armed forces, but the day originally commemorated those who died in the Civil War. There were scattered observances decorating the graves of the fallen, both Union and Confederate, even before the war ended; but the…

 

CELEBRATION!

We have celebrated together for more than four decades–our own major life events, then our children’s, now our grandchildren’s. Like today. Old friends honoring a beautiful young granddaughter in the company of her friends and family. Pink flamingos stood in tropical flower gardens on the tables. Caribbean music played in the background. Hurricane…

 

Mastering the Storms of Grief

I rode out a typhoon off the coast of New Zealand in 2014. When we sailed out of Auckland on January 9 with calm sea and sunny sky, we had no hint of what awaited our small cruise ship at the south end of that island nation. Six days later,…

 

Bereavement: “I’ve Been Robbed!”

Dallas, May 16, 2015. Today I will attend graduation ceremonies for two of the grands. The younger will receive a BA in psychology from SMU at 3 p.m. Three hours later his older brother will receive his law degree from SMU law school. Lev is supposed to be here!  He…

 

Remembering My Lois and Eunice

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 2 Timothy 1:5 My grandmother—“Mamaw”—died on Mother’s Day 1970. I had taken the babies to visit Mama and Daddy…

 

1,000 Words x 50 ≠ a 50,000-Word Book

By August 2014 I had worked my way through the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians and filled a notebook with my scribbled little stories and essays. With all the magical thinking that a novice author possesses, I purchased a MacBook Air to serve as my digital journal and reserved…