40 Days

In the late 1800’s, the Union Pacific Railroad was being built. Rail tracks were being laid across the whole country to connect passengers and goods from coast to coast.  It was a massive construction project.  As a section of track in the western United States was being laid, the construction team came to a large canyon. It … More 40 Days

To Tell the Truth

In my younger days, I would take youth groups out on cross-country trips to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.  On the night before we left, we would always gather with families for a short worship service.  And at that worship, we would give every young person who was going a small cross, on a leather lanyard. … More To Tell the Truth

There is a Story

One of my favorite kinds of trees is the Jack Pine.  There is nothing particularly special about the Jack Pine, except that it grows in the forests of the northern tier of our state.  Jack Pines are about as common as you can get. They are not particularly regal or majestic trees.  They can grow … More There is a Story

How Much Longer?

Growing up, our family would occasionally road trip.  Sometimes it was to visit the grandparents.  Other times it was to spend a few days at a lake somewhere, trying (and failing) to catch fish.  Wherever we were headed, once my brothers and I were loaded into the far back seat of our family station wagon … More How Much Longer?

Ashes

I love almost everything about bonfires.  I love the warmth that a bonfire gives.  I love the color of the flames.  I love the smell of the burning firewood.  I love the crackling sound the fire makes.  I love when the marshmallow blends over the chocolate in the s’more.  I love the good conversations that … More Ashes

A Dog’s Life

This is our dog’s favorite position.  While Kennedy does enjoy walks, car rides and the occasional opportunity to bark at and chase squirrels, deer and rabbits, we will often walk into our living room to find him down and sleeping on his side, sometimes on the floor and sometimes on a chair. I’ve got to … More A Dog’s Life