Normally, when our 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Rebecca, sees Cal, a big smile breaks out on her face, then she runs to him, excitedly calling out, “Papa!” as she throws her arms around him. Even through the pandemic we see her most every week, but only on zoom. It’s fun to connect and watch her grow and…

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Several years ago, my 13-year-old grandson, Eddie, and I walked to the park near my son’s house in Stuttgart, Germany. Eddie enjoyed writing and dreamed of becoming an author, writing science fiction. He knew I had a little bit of experience writing and wanted to ask me some questions and get some feedback on something…

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Earl Cazier was born May 6, 1891, in Ogden, Utah and raised on his father’s ranch in Afton, Wyoming. Under his father’s tutelage he learned how to work, how to treat animals (and people) with kindness and respect, how to manage a ranch, and how to raise his family.   Earl stayed in Afton and…

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Sometime around 2:00 in the AM on Saturday my good wife, Anne, had an epiphany and couldn’t wait for me to wake up so she could share it. I could feel her restlessness and kind of knew she wanted to talk, so, being courageous, I pretended to be sleeping. And that’s how she ended up…

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A few years ago, we passed this lovely lady as we drove through Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was quite content to watch her from a respectful distance. Lions, highly skillful apex predators, are responsible for over 250 human deaths a year in Africa, and I had no interest in becoming one of…

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I am so grateful to you amazing and generous readers! Thank you for continuing to share how you are using the Valentine’s Day Challenge to strengthen your relationships. One of you wrote to suggest adding photos when we tell a story to someone special in our life. This is such a powerful idea, especially for…

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