During the holidays I visited a new store that was advertising exotic gifts for upscale shoppers.  I have never thought of myself as upscale, but I decided to drop in and see what my more affluent neighbors might be interested in. A number of fascinating items were on display.  There was a gorgeous cape […]

Happy New Year!

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, […]

Throw Up Your Hands

On the day after Christmas I gathered with about twenty other senior citizens for our weekly forum. It is an eclectic group of men ranging in age from 55 to 90-plus. Subjects for discussion are wide ranging, and occasionally we venture into the hot topic of current politics. Both liberal and conservative viewpoints are represented, […]


  Christmas Joy This is a photograph of our sons Stuart and Sandy Jr. on Christmas morning, December 25, 1959.  What memories!  This one was fortunately recorded on film.  There are many others, just as poignant, that are written on our hearts. When you think of it in a scientific sense, an image like this […]

Holding Hands in the Dark

Last Christmas eve, as I was leaving church, I wished everyone a very merry Christmas.  One lady responded by saying that church attendance, especially on Christmas eve, is like “holding hands in the dark.” As we look around and read the headlines, it does seem that the world is a very dark place. Every day […]

Camping Problems

  The names of our friends in the following story have been changed to protect them from possible embarrassment.  Otherwise, the details of this incident are as accurate as my memory will permit. In October 1973, my wife Ann and I, Stuart, Harold, Robert, and Eric joined a group of friends from our church for […]