Tag: hope

  • It’s Not the Demons You should Fear

    It’s Not the Demons You should Fear

    Sunday afternoon I was sitting on the porch, reading academic journals on narrative structure, you know as you do to relax. Tim was off running errands in preparation of the work week. The phone rang and I picked it up, expecting it to be one[..]
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  • This Generation’s Shut-Ins

    This Generation’s Shut-Ins

        Two of my adult children made major moves right before the pandemic rocked the entire world and sent us into an isolation most of us had only read about in dystopian novels. Newscaster Gayle King said she spent 105 days never leaving her NYC[..]
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  • The People We Don’t Miss

    The People We Don’t Miss

    Hardly anyone ever mentions the people  we don't miss at the family gatherings. I don't mean those we love who have gone on to what I hope is an eternal celebration and not an eternal rest. I'm talking about the people who no longer gather[..]
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  • The Endings

    The Endings

      "Evie set the bar low but Peckerwood just considered it a challenge. There seemed to be no expectation so low that Peckerwood couldn't get beneath it. You know a man ain't worth a wooden nickel when his own mother quits him." - Barbara Thurman, [..]
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  • The Problem with Faith

    The Problem with Faith

    We had not spoken in four years, not since Trump got elected. She, in fact, told me she took my phone number off her phone after three decades of friendship. We had been the closest of friends. We'd raised kids together, traveled together, shopped together,[..]
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  • The Good Neighbor

    The Good Neighbor

    "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." - Katharine Hepburn It was nigh upon the gloaming hour when I happened upon her, almost out of ear shot beyond the iron gate. Deer roamed in the distance beyond her. She's[..]
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  • The Take-Aways

    The Take-Aways

    The words I wrote on the chalkboard for 2020 remain there yet. They are words about greeting the New Year with a greater intention of kindness. I remember starting off the year with a sense of joy. I had so much I was looking forward[..]
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  • The God of Doom

    The God of Doom

      Today's Cavalry comes wearing white lab coats and goggles. Those researchers and scientists who have gone without food and sleep in an effort to develop a vaccine that will surely save lives, hundreds of thousands of lives. These people are not celebrities. We may[..]
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  • A Repudiation of Christ

    A Repudiation of Christ

      I once preached a Sunday morning message at a church in Lumberton, North Carolina.  The pastor had reached out to me while I was working as an editorial writer at the FayObserver in Fayetteville. He had read my book - Where's Your Jesus Now?[..]
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