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Remembering my father, death, and remembering to live

My father is dead. He has been dead seventeen years, ten months and six days. Yesterday was his birthday. He was sixty-nine when he died — the same age as David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Remembering my father I went in the basement to look for photographs of my father. Evidence of his life. On the […]

You are more than the chicken soup you make

No one in my family likes to eat my chicken soup. I made a fresh batch of soup today. It is simmering on the stove right now. No one ate it except for me.   When I cook for my family, the food is like a gift. A present. And when no one wants to eat my […]

Is your glass half empty or half full?

Is your glass half empty or half full? My glass has water in it. It is half full. You have a glass too. There is water in your glass. Is your glass half empty or half full? What are you looking at? The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at […]

God didn’t answer my prayer – so I stopped praying

I don’t know where my Bible is. I stopped reading it about a year ago. I stopped reading it about the same time I stopped praying. God didn’t answer my prayer, so I stopped praying. One day I will tell you what I prayed, but not today. I still believe in Jesus and God, but […]

Did you already break your New Years Resolution?

Did you already break your New Year’s Resolution? Do you think you have to wait until January first, 2017 to try again?   Every day, or any day, has the potential to be the day we act differently. The day we finally stop eating potato chips and bacon because our total cholesterol is 239 mg/dL, border […]

Don’t just pick a word for the New Year — Listen to Derek Sivers and find a problem to solve

I went on Facebook today, and there are several threads where people asked, “What is your word for the New Year? What is the one word that symbolizes your focus and your dream on how you want to live for the next 365 days?” These are the some of the words that people chose for this year: […]