Some Call It Grace

Some Call It Grace

Everyone knows of “Sesame Street” – with Big Bird and the smaller Muppets – but, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood” was a children’s TV first: kids talking about their feelings and dealing with them. Not your typical “pie-in-the-face”, Bozo-the-clown-type kid’s show… Mr. Rogers respected his young viewers too much, saying, “You made it a special day for…

Seeing Something Special

Seeing Something Special

The last time I tried a ‘play-to-win’ contest, it was after we’d euthanized our old black Lab. At that time, as now, the message was similar: ”Please try again”… which I interpreted as meaning try again at the game of life. Despite the hurts, the loss, and disappointments, it’s still a beautiful world – although…

A Heart and Soul Christmas

A Heart and Soul Christmas

“When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, Give crowns and pounds and guineas, But not your heart away. Keep your fancy free… But, I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.”  When I Was One-and-Twenty, poem by A. E. Housman Have you ever met someone who’s commonly called a “Scrooge” –…

The Power of One
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The Power of One

I don’t know how many have considered the power of one – person, place or thing – to influence, or in my case, totally salvage my life. It’s not something that you can easily point to and say, “Yes, that’s where it happened!” But, you often can remember the people involved. Looking back, I remember…

THE WILD WEST. AGAIN!

THE WILD WEST. AGAIN!

This is a story about how the west was won… and lost again. One day, we went shopping at an old building housing several antique businesses:everything from household to farm memorabilia… things that take you back in time. In my case, way back. Right in front of me was a Wild Bill Hickok replica gun…

Counting Life for Something More

Counting Life for Something More

It all began when a man from the church said their upcoming concert included a Stradivarius violin. Wow! Now that’s something that you don’t hear every day. Created and signed by Antonio Stradivari, they’re almost considered priceless. But, here’s the rub. According to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, for centuries after his death,…

The Truth About Love

The Truth About Love

When I was quite young, my grandfather gave me a small sign stating an old truism, “We are too soon old and too late smart.” Now, a grandfather myself, I’m starting to realize what that means. For instance, on the weekend, I played Monopoly (the board game where you buy and sell properties) with my…

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