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In Praise of the Heroic

In Praise of the Heroic

“God is a concept by which we measure our pain.” – God by John Lennon When I first called Rob about putting the band back together, it was as if he’d been thinking about it already… saying something like, “Sure Fred, what do you have in mind?” And, when we finally connected with our original…

Grow Old With Me
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Grow Old With Me

Fred Figures – Sept 2010 “Congratulations! You look like a very happy couple.” That’s what a man called out to us before driving away from a stop sign as we walked arm in arm together one evening. We were both surprised and appreciative of his comments – expressed as they were with genuine sincerity. It…

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Lucky To Be Me

“I guess you can say that I’ve been lucky… all because of  you”                                           My Life Story by Gladys Knight Coming back from London – driving down the western slope leading to our Bright farmhouse – I could see in the distance a strange van slowly crawling out of our gravel driveway. Two minutes later, as…

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Recognizing a father’s love in his dying words

Friends were talking about how our parent’s generation was not one to show signs of affection – keeping their feelings to themselves. Some blamed this on the era in which our parents lived: austere times of the great depression and world wars. Although, my generation was raised on TV, our parents had all the drama…

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Yes! Virginia

When our youngest daughter was a little girl, she asked if Santa Claus was real or just pretend? Now, as a young adult, she’s asking is religion real or an illusion? Her intelligent, inquiring mind never suffered fools lightly. Now, she’s asking if I’m just fooling myself. “Well, I never been to Heaven/ But I…

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I Was Meant To Be

“Here I come screaming out of childhood’s burning barn on a leash too short to reach the person I was meant to be” Written by Canadian poet Phil Hall, these words come from the book ‘White Porcupine’. In my mind’s eye, as I re-scan these words, I can see many images. Initially, as a warning to…

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