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Show Me a Sign for Good

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A faded red ribbon, hanging from a low branch on a scraggly pine tree. Thank God, I wasn’t lost. It was the summer of 2008, and I was attempting to climb Wheeler Peak on a trail I had never taken, one that, because it wasn’t an official Forest Service route, was unmarked with the usual […]

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My Dad and Mentor

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Visited my 86-year-old dad in the hospital yesterday. He’s better; thank you. Have never written about Dad – not anything published, anyway. I think it’s because I know how uncomfortable it would make him feel. But Dad doesn’t read my blog; doesn’t own a computer. So I’m safe. Sergeant Robert A. (Bob) Bellah came ashore […]

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Recent Reading

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A few weeks ago, I asked online friends for suggested books, so thought I’d let you know about the three I’ve read. The Last of His Kind is a biography of legendary mountaineer and photographer, Bradford Washburn. Written by David Roberts, the book details the life of Washburn, whose mountain climbing exploits – most of […]

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Inspired by Students: Again!

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Today, I am attending a luncheon put on to benefit students with disabilities at Amarillo College. Two of my former students will speak. N has cerebral palsy and T is autistic. Both are strong writers. Thinking about them brings two things to mind. One, once again I am humbled and inspired by my students. It’s […]

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Bellah Falls

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Cleaned the backyard pond over the weekend and restarted the pump. Messy business, but best thing is the waterfall is back. It’s been eight years since I searched the Internet for a design. I liked the idea of a water-play in the yard,  but mostly it was an auditory decision. I wanted to hear water […]

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He Is Risen!

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He is risen. It’s the most important phrase in the Christian faith. More so than “it is finished,” or “with God, all things are possible,” or “whosoever believes in Me shall have eternal life,” or, even, “God so loved the world.” Because this statement gives credibility to all the others. How do we know it […]

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The In-Between Day

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Been thinking about the in-between day. You know, the day between Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. I see groggy disciples waking, wondering if it was all a horrible dream. No, the master is not here. Wasn’t here all night.  Oh yeah, they would remember, Nicodemus took the body to a grave. A grave? For Jesus? The […]

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Sunday’s Comin’

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Never understood why they call it Good Friday. I’m pretty sure that, watching the events of that day, Jesus’ friends didn’t call it good. Nothing good about the sinless Son of God being betrayed, arrested, accused, denied, condemned, beaten, mocked and crucified. But then Jesus’ friends didn’t know about Sunday. They had forgotten his words […]

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Best April Fool’s Prank Ever

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It was the best April Fool’s Day prank ever. In the mid 80s all the kids were still home; the oldest ones, teenagers. Although April Fool’s jokes were a family tradition, none of mine were particularly creative: “Look outside; it snowed. Three feet.” That worked until the kids got older. Let’s see, about preschool age. […]