It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

Marilyn held Dan’s hand.  Her best friend for nearly 60 years was saying goodbye.  His breathing was weak.  There were no more tubes or beeping monitors, but as the morning sun broke through the hospice curtains, every now and then, he worked up the energy to crack a j...

Whether it was in the middle of the night or in broad daylight, nobody really knows.  Four men, driven by hate, kidnapped a man, overpowering him, and threw him into a cistern.  Left there, with no food or water, he was going to die.  If he screamed, nobody would hear....

Bars are not exactly welcoming on the front door of an apartment.  It’s also a little troubling using two keys to open it, one for the barred gate and one for the spider-lock and dead bolt.  After traveling all day to Venezuela, it was dark outside and we were tired....

The mountains are unpredictable; you never know what might come creeping into camp.  Just a few days ago, my family and I were deep in the mountains at Spring Canyon, one of our favorite spots on Earth.  I rolled over in bed to check the time, and it was still early, b...

In the midst of the difficult parts of life, baseball offers an escape.  The green grass, the crack of the bat hitting the ball, the smell of roasted peanuts and hot dogs; it all, for just a moment, makes the world seem right  again. 

For me, it’ more than jus...

Our cheers and laughter echoed off the canyons and rock walls beneath us. Making it to the top of the Hook with Angie was a moment I'll never forget.  We knew it would be hard, but the struggle made the victory that much sweeter.  What we didn’t know was ther...

There’s a place tucked away in a green mountain valley that I’ve known since before I could walk.  The people there are family, and although some of them are no longer with us, I can still hear their laughter and hearty conversations as I walk past the chalets and pond...

The exam took a few minutes.  The doctor checked my neck, and when she noticed some inflammation, she ordered an ultrasound.  “I want to find out what’s going on in there,” she said.  She never said the “C” word, but we both knew it was possible.

When I got ho...

Last Friday was my last day with my students.  I say “with” my students, but I wasn’t really “with” them.  In all my years in education, I’ve never had a stranger end to my year.  There would be no classrooms filled with laughter or cheers when that final bell rings....

My lizard, Spike, experiences his own kind of social distancing, but he doesn't feel the pain of it like we do. This is the Young Life talk I gave last week about Jesus moving in close, helping us take off our masks, when everyone else is moving away. 

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