Dad Died This Morning

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Dad died this morning, at 4:45 a.m., May 31, 2010, just 13 days short of his 87th birthday. Seems fitting that this WWII veteran should pass on Memorial Day. It’s probably the most important thing his great-grandchildren will remember about him. That he served with honor and bravery to help liberate Europe. I’ll remember it, […]

Um, Um Good

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Cooked burgers outside last night. On mesquite coals. Has been over a decade since I used real mesquite. Got busy, I guess. And lazy. So spent some years using propane and then charcoal. Not bad. Still had that cooked out taste. But nothing compares to the hot, even coals and smell of mesquite. Of course, […]

He is the Vine.

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“I am the vine, and you are the branches,” said Jesus. “He who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). That’s right. He said “Nothing.” Forty-something years ago, it was my favorite verse. Because I knew I was not self-sufficient. I needed […]

Monday from Tahoe

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Have not blogged for a week so let me give you a brief update.  Last week I gave finals, which meant lots of reading, then grading, then tracking down students who, after conscientiously doing their work all semester, were no-shows for their final. I call it Sudden Student Breakdown Syndrome (SSBS), and it attacks some […]

Bellah’s Three (maybe four) Laws of Remodeling

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Workers will come today to lay saltillo tile in the back bedrooms. When they are through, our remodel, which began eight years ago, will be complete. Don’t worry. The house hasn’t been torn up all that time. It’s just that we did it in stages, and this is the final touch. Actually, we’ve remodeled the […]

Happy Mothers Day

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In the oldest picture I have of my mother and me together, we are enjoying my 5th birthday party. The table is decorated with a western theme, and mom has a toy six-shooter, holstered western-style, hanging from her hip. So began a 1999 newspaper column I wrote honoring mom. She had it framed, and it […]

Who Put the Bomp

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Who put the bomp In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp Who put the ram In the rama lama ding dong No, I wasn’t attending a reunion of the Canyon High School class of ’67, but rather a performance put on last night by the CHS class of 2017, which includes my granddaughter Brooke. “Who […]

For Writers in Search of Their Passion

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C. S. Lewis said he would rather read a good story, poorly told, than a poor story, well told. He also said those whose goal is to be great writers will probably not be great writers. Both statements make the same point. Those of us who spend most of our time perfecting writing technique are […]