Endings and beginnings

My heart is heavy after learning that a lifelong family friend died last night from a short battle with cancer. She is free from suffering and pain and with her Savior, for which I give thanks. I still grieve for her and the family and friends left behind — I can’t help but feel —Continue reading “Endings and beginnings”

Ready or not

Ready or not, here comes the Fall. I’m not. Ready, that is. On my plate today, among many other things, is to finish grading final papers for my summer class. When I looked at enrollment for my Fall class, I found to my surprise that there are 22 people on the list. That’s more thanContinue reading “Ready or not”

Weird dreams and such

It’s another early morning for me after having weird dreams. Also, my wife struggles with coughing lately and this woke me up. We don’t think it’s virus related or at least, we hope not. Yesterday afternoon was more exciting than planned due to a severe weather event called a derecho. We spent some time shelteringContinue reading “Weird dreams and such”

A good scare

The other day, I watched Granada Television’s version of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” starring Jeremy Brett (the best portrayer of Sherlock Holmes, ever) with my wife and one of our children. Surely this is one of the great detective stories of all time, and it brought back a vivid memory from many years ago.Continue reading “A good scare”

Cumulative impact

The many ongoing uncertainties we face are having a cumulative impact. You know the saying, “once bitten, twice shy”? I think there’s a similar principle at work with the pandemic, economic conditions, injustices, poor government leadership, and more. Uncertainties tend to reshape our regular, “healthy” view of life in ways that we may not evenContinue reading “Cumulative impact”

Miscellaneous thoughts and mimeographs

Another day, another early morning spent reading the news (depressing, as usual) while sipping a cup of coffee. I’m getting used to being somewhat scatterbrained most days and this post reflects that reality with some miscellaneous thoughts. I learned last night that the wife of one of my cousins, whom I’ve never met, died inContinue reading “Miscellaneous thoughts and mimeographs”