The sky was just beginning to lighten. In the pre-dawn quiet, we watched storm clouds gathering far down the valley, miles away. We had plenty of time to stick with our plan, hike to the top of the ridge, and watch the sun rise. We were making good progress up the hillside, and the morning…

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Our daughter Ally, her daughter Alicia, age 4, and I were hiking in Arches National Park. It was one of those perfect spring days in the desert. Not too hot yet, not too cold, the brilliant blue sky a gorgeous contrast to the red sandstone rock. Ally was a bit ahead of Alicia and me,…

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My dad was a “builder” of many things – his business, his community, his faith, his family. He was a barber by trade and for most of his life he was in his shop six days a week, year in and year out. People came to him to have their hair cut, yes, but just…

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One of the most bizarre memories I have of living in Tennessee, occurred while I was working and did not witness it. I am relying on what was told to me by my wife, Carol although I did eventually see the cause of all the excitement. I wish I could have watched her Tango with…

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The year 2018 was a difficult year for my family and me. It started with my diagnosis of bladder cancer and surgery. Throughout the summer I was in and out of the hospital for various reasons including C-Diff bacterial infections and negative reactions to chemotherapy. Nevertheless it ended on a positive note. Many prayers and…

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Some people see a closed door and turn away. Others see a closed door, try the knob, If it doesn’t open…they turn away. Still others see a closed door, Try the knob, if it doesn’t open they find a key, If the key doesn’t fit…they turn away. A rare few see a closed door, Try…

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  Several years ago, my wife and I were in Florida spending time with our family. One of the activities we planned was an outing to the everglades where we rented a couple of canoe’s to observe the alligators in their natural environment. Before setting off the rangers gave us instructions about respecting the alligators…

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