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The Bible Through the Eyes of a 1st Grader

Friday, June 21, 2013      21 comments

My daughter-in-laws dad sent me this and I laughed so hard I thought I'd share it with you. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE NUN SITTING AT HER DESK GRADING THESE PAPERS, ALL THE WHILE TRYING TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE AND MAINTAIN HER COMPOSURE! ... Read more

"I Want To Ride It Where I Can."

Thursday, June 20, 2013      29 comments

All ibuprofen is not created equal. I was educated on that subject yesterday morning when Joan informed me that the generic stuff she'd purchased at a big box store wasn't doing the trick. "I just should have gone to Walgreen's." That was ... Read more

I'm Not Sure What To Make of This One

Tuesday, June 18, 2013      25 comments

I talk to my grand daughter a couple times each week. She'll be 8 soon and in the 3rd grade so she is rapidly growing up. When she visited a few weeks ago she was amazed I knew who One Direction and Taylor Swift were. She's going to be tested th... Read more

Our Resistance

Monday, June 17, 2013      20 comments

I didn't sleep very well last night. I woke up around 2 AM and didn't fall back to sleep until around 4 AM. When I rolled out of bed about an hour ago I had one of those "not enough sleep headaches," coupled with the nagging and persistent feeli... Read more

Thoughts On Fathers Day

Sunday, June 16, 2013      21 comments

I woke up to a quiet house. That seems to be the way things are now. They’re grown and scattered. A few of them are asleep in the living room. Matt and our granddaughter Ava stayed in Louisville. Today is dad’s day at the zoo, a tradition began ... Read more

A Thank You, A Clarification of Sorts, and Something to Share

Friday, June 14, 2013      56 comments

Thanks to all of you for the love, support and insight on my past few blogs. Trust me I can feel the love. So I say to each of you "Namaste." I want to clarify something. While that convenience store attendant hurt me with her words, I shar... Read more

Words That Hurt Part 2

Thursday, June 13, 2013      47 comments

We have a small convenience store close to our home. It has a drive through window. It exists for those moments when you are about a quarter inch short of butter, the last egg falls on the floor or that mysterious “Not Me,” drinks the last of th... Read more

The Things We Learn

Wednesday, June 12, 2013      57 comments

I meditate for about 20 minutes each morning. Some mornings, like this one, I sat on the front porch and inhaled the cacophony of sounds, smells and light. I had a front row seat to what I believe is the most amazing symphony known to us. Somewh... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Stop the Name Calling, Please?

Monday, June 10, 2013      228 comments

When we are out of town I ask my son to stop by the house and make sure he saves the newspapers for me. Once the luggage is unloaded, the laundry started and dinner plans made, I sit down in my recliner and catch up on what happened while I was ... Read more

Asking For Prayers

Monday, June 03, 2013      31 comments

Sometimes I'm foolish enough to believe that my 1000+ Spark friends read each of my postings. This time I hope my cock eyed optimism is right. Our (Notice how I said "Our") dear friend Dutchiekiwi is having a time of it. She has been strugg... Read more


Sunday, June 02, 2013      18 comments

I am never going to have my picture on the Spark start page with me and the Spark guy beaming out at the world wide web. I'm not a really good example but I am persistent. I been through my ups, my downs and even a couple all arounds. I'm ... Read more

Redefining Old

Friday, May 31, 2013      24 comments

I walked into the library yesterday and Leslie came up and said hello. A BFF of our son Tim, librarian and local news reporter, I've known her for close to ten years. She is, in a word, the quintessential "twenty-something." After an exchan... Read more

WhenWe Listen

Monday, May 27, 2013      22 comments

Saturday was picture perfect. The sun was shining, it was 73F, there was a slight breeze and my DGD and I held hands as we walked around the zoo. If I could have froze the moment I would have. I've gotten in the habit of pausing to thank G... Read more

Good Intentions Part 5,678,000

Friday, May 24, 2013      22 comments

I was leaving the grocery store just a few minutes ago when I saw a young mother with a basket laden with groceries, a baby in a car seat and a 4 year old with more energy than a nuclear power plant! The 4 year old, as cute as cute can be, was r... Read more

To Do, To Do, To Do - That's The Dilemma!

Friday, May 24, 2013      18 comments

It’s always good to hear from a Spark friend that hasn’t touched base in a while. So I was pleased the other day when an old and dear friend contacted me. What they asked caused me to stop and think. They said they’d been away from Spark for a b... Read more

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