Monthly Archives: July 2011

Small Honor

Today, I would love to stay here for a few hours, sitting in the shade, talking quietly and resting. I would like to spend some time talking about my father who died two years ago on this day, remembering fishing trips and working on houses with him. That is what I would like to do. Continue reading

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Scattered Showers

For a while the wind stirred the dance of branches, a swishing and swaying of muted greens seen through the screen of the second story window. It seemed we would surely have rain but none came. The storm slid further to the north and east and we found not the least traces of darkened earth or gravel, not even a gathering on the windshields of the car and truck parked outside. Continue reading

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Summer Snow

These almost-lighter-than-air seeds of the cottonwood tree drift away, showing no sign of breeze. For four days or longer, there has been no stirring of the air, no fluttering of leaves. The seeds slide slowly to the earth in the oppressive heat, catch against an edge of turf, old posts or planks, whatever disrupts the smooth edge of the earth.

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Fair Warning

Take a God like ours, a few good doctors and nurses and a bunch of people praying. Then add a woman who survived raising the four boys that she raised. Then… well, then, just don’t be too surprised at anything. Continue reading

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A Peaceful Joining

Her age, her history of colon problems and her recent episode of sickness have made her too weak for surgery. But her condition was worsened to the point that surgery is a lesser risk than the other. Such situations force families into decisions that twist heard and heart around each other, leaving neither at ease.
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Good Investment

But when twenty bucks can drastically lower the risk of cutting into a two-hundred-and-forty volt electrical line that could unleash virtually unlimited amperage to surge through all of your vital organs, that’s too good a deal to pass up.
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Rescue Work

Randa and I decided to take advantage of the late light last night after Bible study to continue the huge patio/landscape/flower garden/flood control project in the back yard, which is actually the side yard, but anyway, that’s a different discussion. … Continue reading

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