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Christmas morning and I have a sore throat. Yuk. I hate to be sick on holidays. And as long as I’m whining— Went to fix a flat yesterday and came home with two new tires. On Christmas Eve, when one has all that spare cash lying around. Not! Then, Charlotte noticed a leak on the […]


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Old Bibles are like old friends. Irreplaceable. Lost mine about a year ago. Not lost it, exactly; I retired it. Was about time. Both front and back covers were gone. Inside pages were coming apart. Some were hopelessly crinkled. “Embarrassing,” said Charlotte, spoken as she rolled her eyes when a page or two drifted to […]

Aboard The Dawn Treader

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Feeling stronger and a bit younger today. Always do after a visit to Narnia. Which I did shortly after midnight this morning. Yep. Saw 20th Century Fox’s  film version of C. S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And, for this long-time friend of Narnia, it’s both thumbs up. Director Michael Apted does take liberties […]

The Granddaughters Who Saved Christmas

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Their names are Taylor and Brooke, and they are the granddaughters who saved Christmas. It was the mid-90s, and, with our youngest off to college, Charlotte and I became empty nesters, which we enjoyed immensely. At first. Parents of five don’t get much time alone, not many meals out, not a lot of weekend getaways. […]

Last Day of the Semester

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Last day of the semester. The older I get the more it feels like the last day of summer camp in the ’60s. I was a counselor at Hidden Falls Ranch, and that Friday in early August signaled the final time we staff and campers would see each other for another year, maybe longer. And […]