Category Archives: Family

Dreams Walking in Broad Daylight

. . . dreams walking in broad daylightThree hundred, sixty five degreesBurning down the house. “Burning Down the House”, songwriters: David Byrne, Christopher Frantz, Martina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison Seeing the world through the eyes of a baby or toddler is … Continue reading

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The Result of the Love of Thousands

My grandparents dreamed, hoped, and loved, and through their love for each other, they gave my parents the gift of life. Continue reading

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Gluing Together Our Broken Places

I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine today in a drive-through operation at Ft. Sanders Hospital West here in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a flawless experience except they did not set up a second shot right away on … Continue reading

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Your Timeless Smile

A letter written to my 3 year old grandson Lincoln. Continue reading

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Down to the Root

“I carry you within me, to the very root And though I may blossom,still you will be here.” Continue reading

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The Wisdom That Does Not Cry

Wisdom is not a monopoly held only by adults. There is so much we can learn from the deep wisdom of very young children. May we stoop from our greater height, bend our ear close, and listen. Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

Throughout history humans have sought easy answers to complex issues. When things go wrong, how can we protect the most vulnerable: Women, older people, the poor, and our children? Continue reading

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Smiling Like a Showgirl

A letter to my 14-month-old granddaughter during the coronavirus of 2020. Continue reading

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Sixty Years On

Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of ageWhen the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the graveAnd senorita play guitar, play it just for youMy rosary has broken and my beads have … Continue reading

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The Attic of Our Lives

I thought I had gotten away from that long-ago house. You would think marrying when you are 18 years old would be enough to snap the thread, but I guess it is not so. A few months ago I visited … Continue reading

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