Welcome to my journal! I use this space to capture my thoughts and experiences from day to day, and for special events and activities in my life. I share these thoughts because down the road I’d like my children and grandchildren to know a little more about their Dad and Pop-Pop. I also like to share insights gained from my life experiences in the hope that readers can learn, take heart, and share their own thoughts and ideas on these pages. Encouraging, constructive, and sharing comments are welcome! Dissent is also welcome as long as it is civil, polite, and constructive, with the caveat that shaming, hateful, and other rude and insensitive comments will not be tolerated.
This week I finally jumped into retirement with both feet. I guess I’ll have to explain that one.
I wrote these words a year ago, after we had suffered a pandemic for eighteen months, and were facing an uncertain future with a terrible disease whose death toll was approaching a million of our own citizens. I couldn’t bring myself to share them back then. Why share them now? Because I want to be open and honest, to not … Continue reading →
“The first verse of this song says it all for me. “Reading ‘Living on the Ragged Edge’ by Charles R. Swindoll I came to this song, read it and stopped, then reread it and continued to reread it. It summed it all up for me. “Please grant my request to use it so family and friends know and, hopefully, understand … Continue reading →
Caution: If you and your spouse have ever suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of a child, this may trigger an overwhelming emotional response and you may not want to read it.Continue reading →
I woke up this morning, looked over at my best friend of 53 years, life partner for nearly 49, and said to myself, “thank you Lord for granting my wish, one more day with her.” A Diamond Rio song ‘One More Day’ says it exactly right. You can see the lyrics below. Then I begin my new normal routine: slip … Continue reading →
It’s a new day, a new week, and soon to be a new month. It comes after a great weekend of reminiscing with lifelong friends about good times as kids and rites of passage, in a way.Continue reading →
Seems as though I’ve done it again, taken an unintended long break from writing. Things got a little complicated at the beginning of the year as I found myself once again in caregiver mode.Continue reading →
Sometimes, in the deepest, darkest part of a long night, when the whole house is silent but for the breathing of Hunter, the big furry member of the clan, and the problems of the world are weighing heavy on your shoulders, (or the antihistamine you took a while ago is keeping you awake), something happens to bring clarity to your … Continue reading →