Parsonage Parables

The Boy Hikers

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One of the first chapter books I remember reading as a kid was The Boy Hikers. It was a book given to my dad by my grandmother and was a book that he read several times as a boy. For some reason, I was thinking about the book, dad knew where it was, and I […]

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 […]

July Aug Sept 2014

Gideon Bible Flashback

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Had a flashback that was unexpected.  This morning on the university campus, there were men outside the buildings handing out Gideon Bibles. Now my history with the Gideon folk hasn’t always been shining.  As a public school principal, we had some distribution issues.  While the vast majority of men were congenial there were a few […]

Jan 2014

Grandma B

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Grandma Blumer and I always had a special relationship.  I think it was a matter of fit.  She was a Norwegian that spent her lifetime trying to fit into a German community.  I am a middle child and like many middle kids we’re pretty convinced we don’t fit into our family and even though we […]