Many years ago, our daughter and my wife were out shopping and happened upon an individual selling “mugs” in the parking lot of a shopping center.  They decided upon one of those mugs for me as a gift. This “wondermug” is special in a number of ways.  As soon as they saw one with aContinue reading “NEW UNDERSTANDING”


I had responded to an invitation and booked a trip to Alaska that ended up falling quite close to Christmas.  However, I knew that I would be home in time for our Christmas celebration as a family, and therefore did not initially give it a lot of thought.  As the time drew near for theContinue reading “NO SEATS AVAILABLE”


We installed a fax machine in our home office.  Before the new phone line was installed we elected to connect it to the existing phone line so that some pending business might be dispensed with on time. Our office is quite compact with machines over, under, or against each other.  It is not, therefore, surprisingContinue reading “VAIN JANGLING”


Standing at the top of a lighthouse almost three hundred feet above sea level, and watching the sun inch its way up from the horizon, was a magnificent scene I’ll never forget.  Eighty plus years have passed since the days when I joined my father to view that scene time and again. Horizons have alwaysContinue reading “NEW HORIZONS”


She was no psychic; she was far from delusional.  There was nothing in her demeanor that threw up a red flag in my mind throughout our conversation.  She was a retired schoolteacher with very good balance in her rationale. The story began as she said, “There is a picture of my husband.  He died aboutContinue reading “YOUR OWN TICKET”


A Christian brother came to the pulpit to lead us in prayer, and as he did so, we could sense the depth of his sincerity, the burden of his heart, and the concern for the church and its membership.  Somewhere in the middle of his prayer I heard the expression: “Lord, we don’t want toContinue reading “NORMAL CHRISTIANS”


Most of you reading this title will immediately say: “I know all ten!  Why print them.  Follow me and you cannot help but notice the ten of the New Testament were not what you had expected.  I do not know who compiled the list originally, but blessing will be for us to follow the scheduleContinue reading “TEN COMMANDMENTS”


I studied her features, listened to her accent, and finally decided that I would have to ask: “And where did you come from originally?”  Her reply surprised me, because she didn’t resemble those I’ve known from the Philippine Islands.  She proceeded to explain that her family had moved there from Spain and Holland prior toContinue reading “LOTS OF SHOES”


Traffic was at a “crawl”; “the good old days” of driving up Grand Avenue with one lane in each direction without much by way of interruption, has long gone.  This snail pace because of development all around us has become a gigantic problem that worsens each day.  Since boredom set in, I began reading allContinue reading “KNEE-MAIL”