Game Day

My older brother is into games. Like incredibly into games. He has more games than I have clothes, belongs to a gaming society, and has invented several games. My brother actually met a guy at a gas station to trade games (I still imagine trench coats, sunglasses, and fedoras being involved). Our grandkids are getting…

The Many Signs of Advent

Driving in Dallas this week, they have an astounding complex of elevated roads, express roads, and road roads.  It’s incredible to think of the planning (and the expense) of putting this matrix of highways into place.  Along with the matrix comes an abundance of signs. At the beginning, it was a little overwhelming to figure…

The Path

This summer I’ve enjoyed getting on my bike more regularly. There is a nice bike trail near where we live and it is a 19-mile loop around the city. There are several things I like about the trail. It follows a river and has some good scenery.  It’s fairly level. Often I see birds and…

What’s in a Name?

There are names for many things and places.  And I’m sure there’s a story behind the name of that park or school or monument or street.  But we become numb to names and they often go virtually unnoticed. Inside of a building may hold the names of benefactors or public officials that assisted in its…

It Took Many Villages

We attended the graduation of Dr. William in the Dominican Republic. Many of you know the story, but the short version is our church began supporting him to attend medical school in Haiti. The earthquake destroyed his school, so he transferred to a medical school in Santiago, D.R. William went to a country where he…

Touch Points

When I was a child, my brother and I stayed with our grandparents on a farm in North Dakota.  There was a small, public swimming pool in the closest town and we would go for a dip when visiting in the summer. On this particular trip, my parents had been away a couple days and…

Prompts

A number of years ago I was washing our van. I was cleaning the windows and on the edge of one of the back windows there was a small spot of yellow paint. Our oldest son was on a basketball team that went to the State Tournament and our windows were decorated by the cheerleaders.…