Monthly Archives: April 2017

Conditioning

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I agonized the fresh image in my mind. More than haunting, the scene from this morning of the stricken child assaulted my senses. A torment ensued. I stood behind the rough-hewn pulpit looking out at twenty worshippers. A shudder gathered in my middle back then up and across my shoulders. How could this have happened? How could I have driven…

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Time Share

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“I want you to do something.” At nine decades and counting Mrs. Hottenstein’s spunk hadn’t waned. Bypassing my questioning look, she peered at me through steel-trimmed lenses. Not unkindly. Still she certainly meant business. But about what? “I need you and Ann to bring me details of your employment earnings, along with your overall monthly budget.” Again, no pause to…

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Kentucky Surprise

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“Fill ‘er up young man and check the oil, get the windows sparkling and, yes, run that vacuum of yours above and beneath the floor mats.” It is common knowledge that many college kids scrape to get by. Such was our world in those days of self-service at the pump. My young bride and I liked San Antonio with its…

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Strong Language

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“Hey Gary, got a minute to listen to my water pump? It’s got a clatter goin’ on.” Minutes later, socket and ratchet in hand, the wiry young man wriggled beneath his fellow student’s old car. He felt as at home here as an armadillo in this South Texas heat. It was why Gary Pokorney’s conquest in Korea left me mildly…

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The Leashed of These

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“First thing we do, dear, we get that child into a harness!” The mandate erupted from my sister. Sis had just learned from my wife of our young daughter’s momentary disappearance in the heart of a bustling international airport. It was the 1980s, decade of Dipsticks (Dukes of Hazard) and of Yuppies. Of child harnesses. In the moments following our…

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Airport Angst

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I was sorting British currency at one of earth’s busiest airports when my two-year-old girl vanished. Amy had stood quietly at my side seconds ago as I made a kiosk purchase. In a quick, awkward 360 degree swirl I scanned what I could of this piece of Heathrow’s bustling throng. Amy! My little girl was no where in sight. We…

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Walking

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“Jerry, meet Charles Duke. He’s been to the moon.” Hardly an introduction one is offered every day. So far – as of this blog writing – just a dozen sets of human footprints have ever marked the lunar surface. America had overtaken Russia in a great cosmic race. The new acquaintance smiled my way. “Charlie,” he said. I took the…

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Lunar – Logic – Lord

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Once I met a man who had walked on the moon. At the time I little realized how crazy rare that kind of thing was. Only 12 people have felt moon turf beneath them. Ever. Later that day I sat entranced as this astronaut talked of his journey, not only into the cosmic world but into the Christ world. To…

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