murder Posts

Cussing on the Way to Church



It was there, while crossing the bridge that connect this part of Oregon with the southern part of Washington, that I glanced over at a boat cutting through the silver waters of the Columbia River. Maybe it was the stillness of the water. Or maybe it was the way the fading light cast out over the river. Just that brief glimpse from the steel archway joining the border of one land to another gave me pause.

So lovely is this world of ours.

I think about its beauty all the time and how one of God’s least talked about characteristics is beauty.

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Quail in My Den


I once came home to find a quail roaming around in my den.


I had no idea how it got in the house.

Nor did I know how it had managed to climb the stairs, open the door to the den and then shut the door behind itself.

It could not have flown into the room. The only windows to the room are covered by screens.

I didn’t know what to do with a quail in the den, so I did what any thinking woman would do – I left it there until Tim came home.  He scooped up the quail and took it back to the grasslands behind the house from whence it likely came.

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The Making-It-Up of a Murderer


1 / 1 Left, Calumet County District Attorney Kenneth Kratz giving his closing argument in the Steven Avery trial in the courtroom in Chilton, Wis. Police say Kratz sent repeated text messages trying to spark an affair with Stephanie Van Groll, right, a domestic violence victim


Like a lot of Americans, our family has been on one side of the law or the other for as far back as we can trace it.  Just this week, I got a note from a reader who said he knew my Grandpa Harve, who was a lawman in Hawkins County, Tn.

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About that Blackburn Murder & MPT’s allegations



Perhaps you heard about the pregnant pastor’s wife who was murdered in her home? Amanda Blackburn, 28, was shot and killed in her Indianopolis home during what police now maintain was a home invasion gone wrong. The Blackburn’s one-year old son was found in the home unharmed.

The killing happened shortly after Blackburn’s husband left for the gym. The killers reportedly entered the home through an unlocked front door. Some news reports indicate that Amanda, who was 12 weeks pregnant with the couple’s second child, was raped prior to being murdered.

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Cries from the Canyon

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When I left the beach it was pouring the rain. I had not intended to leave for another day but I got a call that my daughter was ill. She’d texted me the night before and we both had assumed she was suffering from a virus, but by morning she was worse. A trip to urgent care revealed a kidney infection gone awry.

Her sister, the one who isn’t married, doesn’t have children, was having difficulty trying to figure out how to fix a bottle for her nine-month-old nephew.

Should I come? I asked.

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