Jan Feb March 2015

Where We Could Help

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In honor of our mission team currently in Haiti, I list this from a couple years ago, in the first book I published – Paths, Proverbs, & Parables from Haiti Today I mourn for the people of Haiti I mourn a place where people won’t eat today.Where children won’t go to school this year. Where […]

Jan Feb March 2015

My Home Town

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Everyone has a home town.  I grew up in Clear Lake, SD which has a lake that ironically it is not very clear.   Here are some of the random memories from my home town: Mangel’s Hardware had a toy section. The lights were single bulbs on pull strings and the owners would “light the way” by […]

Jan Feb March 2015

The Prison Life

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Here is a problem that does not have an easy solution.  If you think people have a cushy life or that most people should be put in prison and throw away the key, I’m guessing you’ve not visited someone in prison.  There is a person that I visit every couple of months and while I […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Cry Baby

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It’s hard for me to admit this but I’ve turned into a cry baby.  Part of it has been from living long enough to have some real, deep hurts but my emotions have snuck up to the surface.  And occasionally they leak out. Maybe it has changed a little, but crying is gender biased.  We […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Hay Mow

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One of the neatest features of a barn is they have a loft or hay mow.  They have hay bales which make great forts and things to jump off.  But the best thing is hay mows have cupolas or openings to let in pigeons.  Grandpa was always willing to let us take the .22 and […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Invisible Zones

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We have invisible zones that separate us.  At times we are so close and yet we are so far away. Years ago we went camping with the kids in Colorado.  We were sitting by the fire and I looked at the campsite next to us.  Very similar.  Tent camper, family roasting marshmallows, chairs around the […]

Jan Feb March 2015

No Right Way

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I don’t believe in the right way to do something. My kids just think I’m messed up. Most people just don’t know or realize. Let me explain. I’m left-handed and right-handed.  I eat and write left-handed, but sports or activities I learned as a kid I do right-handed.  So I throw and bat right-handed, shoot […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Baseball and Church

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In February I begin thinking about spring training and baseball.  I’m a big baseball fan and have been for a long time.  A few months ago I was switching back and forth between a professional baseball and professional football game.  Even though I love baseball, the game of football is much more engaging.  Experts say […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Smells

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You can read the brain physiology, but the connections between emotion and memory and smell are very tight.  It hit me the other night when I was using my snowblower on a freezing night with a scarf wrapped across my face.  It took me back to the three-hole facemask I wore as a kid.  That […]

Jan Feb March 2015

Babies

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One of the blessings of having grandchildren is that it stimulates memories of babies and raising children.  Probably memories we’ve tried to repress, because they are simply hard work.  Here’s my random observations: Babies are helpless. I mean totally helpless and they are terrible at explaining when something is wrong with them. The required equipment […]