A Tribute to Family

I am a member of a large and complex extended family.  This post contains selective photographs of my parents, half-brothers and sisters, and other members of their several families.  The information herein is primarily of interest to my sons, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces, but I hope that others may also find it informative. I am […]

The Last Jar

My daughter-in-law Joy shared the following story with her extended family.  I thought it a very loving and beautiful  tribute to her Dad and to family. While our kitchen was being packed for our next move, Lucy was packing-up our pantry items. She came upon an old jar of sweet potatoes in the back corner of […]

My Diverse Family

As I posted my entry titled “An American”, I reflected on how my own family has changed in recent years.  As far as I can discover, all of my paternal and maternal ancestors emigrated to America from Britain or western Europe before the American Revolution.  In many ways we were a very insular people.  This […]

Christmas Memories

Last Christmas I shared these memories and thoughts with my church family.  Today I post them on my blog so that I can share with all of you. Christmastime is such a magical and wonderful time of the year. Today I still have that sense of excitement about the season that I first felt as […]

Coming Home

The following is a rework of  brief devotional skit that I wrote for performance at my church some years ago. It is based on the Biblical parable about The Prodigal Son.  There have been many versions of this story over the years.  The following is my own: The train sped north through the bleak Illinois […]