If At First You Don’t Succeed

Posted on September 28th, 2016
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When I was in elementary school (at least a hundred years ago), I developed a ton of flat warts all across my forehead. I’m talking at least a bazillion.  I don’t know where they came from or how they got there.  It certainly wasn’t because I rubbed a frog all over my face, but frog […]

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It Takes a Village . . .

Posted on September 21st, 2016
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It was a quiet Sunday afternoon, an anomaly for us. Usually there’s at least one funeral and a visitation to start and possibly even a family or two coming in to make arrangements.  But this Sunday was different in a nice kind of way. I was the only living human in the building—or so I […]

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Rocks in the Toilet

Posted on September 14th, 2016
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It was a lovely spring evening at the ballpark, one spent watching grandson number one as he played and occasionally making the required trip to the concession stand with grandson number two (who leans more toward the artistic side of the world than the sporty side). But this particular trip involved a visit to the […]

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A Stranger’s Gift

Posted on September 7th, 2016
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Rarely ever do I find myself in a funeral procession for someone I don’t know. Generally, if I’m going to the cemetery for the committal service, the person who has died was a family member or close friend . . . meaning I’m more focused on the loss than on my surroundings.  But recently, for […]

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Goodbye, Froderick

Posted on September 1st, 2016
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I’m always thinking about what I want to address in this blog, always looking for correlations in life that translate into Death lessons. So many situations have presented themselves lately—situations that would make excellent teaching moments or observations on life and its unpredictability.  There are birthdays and signs in restrooms at ball fields and folks […]

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Sacred Ground

Posted on August 24th, 2016
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Recently we’ve been blessed with afternoon and evening rains that we seldom see in the month of August, rains that nourish the ground and allow the world to return to those wonderful shades of green that clothe early spring. But often the rain brings a friend or two . . . high wind and lightning […]

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What About the Children?

Posted on August 18th, 2016
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They left on a simple business trip, a conference where they could learn from their peers and improve their performance in their chosen field. They should have returned home to their families, their friends, their patients and employees.  But they didn’t.  At least not as everyone believed they would.  Not as everyone so desperately wishes […]

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Only the Beginning

Posted on August 10th, 2016
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I don’t exactly remember the year; time has gotten away from me now that I’m a certified antique. But I believe it was just as Joseph was entering middle school since trying out for the basketball team became an issue after he attempted to cut off his arm.  We were at church one Sunday evening, […]

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The Depth of Grief

Posted on August 3rd, 2016
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Ok. Before I get mired up to my eyeballs in what will probably be a mess, I want to make a few things perfectly, abundantly clear. 1.   In this particular instance, I do not care about this woman’s political leanings. That is not the point of this blog. 2.  In this particular instance, I do […]

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Peace in the Storm

Posted on July 28th, 2016
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On June 17, 2016 (at 11 minutes after midnight, to be exact), we posted this picture on our Facebook page. The grave belongs to Florence Irene Ford who died at the age of 10 in 1871.  Florence had been terrified of storms during her brief life, so at her death her mother had a special […]

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