Why I Read

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“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself,” said C. S. Lewis (An Experiment in Criticism). It’s why I enjoy it so much. Great biographies, memoirs, novels, all let me travel places I’ll never travel and become people I’ll never become. Both experiences spill over with adventure. Just this spring, […]

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

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Borrowing a line from Willie Nelson, “My heroes have always been cowboys.” Well, almost. I should say my hero list starts with cowboys. Here it is: Cowboys: Mostly from ’50s and ’60s movies and TV: Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, the Cisco Kid, the Rifleman, Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke, the Bonanza boys, every member of the […]

Who Are Your Heroes?

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Author/theologian Udo Middlemann says that heroes shape our identity. We gain our sense of who we are and how successful we are by our heroes. If we can imitate these people, we feel honor; if we can’t, we experience shame. That’s why it’s important to choose one’s heroes carefully. If your models are heroic because […]

On Heroes

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What is a hero? What kind of acts are heroic? In 1997 Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, argued that heroism is more than courage. Comparing the commercial fishermen aboard The Andrea Gail to adventurers who lost their lives on Mt. Everest, Junger admitted that climbing the formidable peak did indeed show great courage. […]

Changing a Tire

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Changed a tire on the Camry last night. Hadn’t done that in . . . . . Well, it’s been a long time. Before I could afford a AAA membership or buy better quality tires, seems I changed flats several times a year. Anyway, in spite of the inconvenience and mess – dirty hands and […]

On Longing

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Been doing a lot of longing lately: for the mountains, for adventures, for books – some I want to read; some, to write. I think longing is a good thing, placed in our hearts by a God who loves to give what is good to those who ask Him. Of course, we can possess inappropriate […]

The Night I Fought Petey Hacker: Conclusion

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Please start with Part I and read in sequence. “Hey look everyone. Little Bellah’s in a fight. Why he’s captured a Hacker!” I knew the voice. It belonged to Brent Johnson (another made-up name), a friend of my big brother Craig. If you’ve seen “Happy Days” on TV, think of Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli. In 1965 […]

The Night I Fought Petey Hacker: Part IV

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Please start with Part I and read in sequence. To this day, I don’t know what came over me next, but I bent my knees – getting in what my seventh grade football coach called the hitting position – and lunged at  Petey, hitting him where Coach Winters said one was supposed to hit a […]

The Night I Fought Petey Hacker, Part III

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Please start with Part I and read in sequence. I wasn’t wanting  a fight with a quarrelsome guy that July night; what I wanted was a dance with a pretty girl. So, after a 10-hour day plowing fields for my uncle J.C., I returned home, took a shower, borrowed my Granna’s new Oldsmobile 98 and […]

The Night I Fought Petey Hacker: Part II

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Please start with Part I and read in sequence. During my teen years, the most serious fighters in Canyon were the Hackers (not their real name). Frank Hacker was the leader and the toughest of the bunch. I had seen him win boxing matches in local competitions, but his reputation was as a street fighter. […]