American Sniper

I saw American Sniper last night. I left the theatre feeling slightly sick to my stomach; most likely from the non-stop computer-enhanced violence in every pre-view before the movie. This followed by the all too realistic portrayal of the current conflicts in the Middle East. It’s not that I don’t want to know. Rather, I don’t want our young people to have to go. Nor do I want the civilians there to eke out a living amid the rubble.Continue reading

Retirement: : Week Three

“Blessed be nothing. If I had nothing, that’s what I’d have to worry about.” My grandmother made that statement as she observed my older brother and his fiancé trying to fit their things in a VW “Bug” back in the 1970’s. It wasn’t all going to fit. Either the fiancé or the some of the stuff would have to be left behind.

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Retirement – Week One

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) October 31, 2014. That is the official date on the many documents required of me to make the transition from working to retired. Many have asked, “What are you going to do in retirement?” The answer varies depending on whether I think they want the one sentence answer, the short elevator speech version, or an extended conversation about retirement. It also depends on what mood […]

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Make New Friends; Keep the Old

One of the very few things I remember from by Girl Scout experiences decades ago was learning this song: “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” We sang it in a round at most gatherings. My many moves have brought hundreds of people in and out my life. Most are left behind when the moving van pulls away for the next chapter in a new place. I simply cannot […]

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Let Nature Take Its Course

He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2b I spent my teen years across the street from Lake Erie. I descend from folks on the Mayflower voyage of 1620. I suppose that is where I get my great love of being by water. I prefer a large lake, but an ocean, river, or pond will do. Fortunately, I live near a flood-control undeveloped area in Houston where I can walk along a bit of water.

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