Category: Along the Way

Gone are the Old Ways

have you seen my comfort zoneit was wrenched away when I stared into the barrelof a video cameraspoke my pieceand released it into the wildwith hopes of nurturing the Body of Christ it retreated further in my failed attemptat conversation with colleaguesa tablet masqueraded as meand an invisible button denied methe ability to speak when …

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Mending Wall

Dear Mr. Frost, Does it trouble you that people so freely credit you for having said “Good fences make good neighbors”? True, you penned those words, but these days people pounce on them and yank them completely out of context for their own purposes. We delight in latching on to the sentence, and then point …

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Addiction

It all began with harassing phone calls and threatening texts. Or to be more precise, my most recent snapshot into a much larger drama began with harassing phone calls and threatening texts. While I was the one being harassed (a total of 16 phone calls, 15 texts and 8 messages before I got everything blocked), …

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The Morning After

Okay, I admit it: I’ve never been a Halloween devotee. Sure, it was fun as a kid, but my memories are pretty dim (as is true in most categories). We lived out of town on a farm so we didn’t get many trick-or-treaters. Most years we drove into town and made the rounds of the …

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What Can I Do?

WHAT CAN I DO?   screaming at the television does nothing to undo the unthinkable allowing the poison of his lunacy to feed the lump in my soul erodes like acid and serves no good as for slinking in my seat while neighbors rail against elitist liberal crap fake news protection of our comforts and …

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A Family Opening

A few weeks ago, a couple hung back as other worshipers left the sanctuary, and then stopped to talk with me when it appeared we were alone. They quietly told me about their nephew, how his young adult life went through a really bad patch, spiraling out of control in part due to alcoholism, during which time …

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Orange Pie

It all started when he decided to share the secrets of the twenty-nine villages that exist beneath his underground garage. Twenty-nine individual little existences, each dedicated to some form of sweetness: a candy cane village, cotton candy village, ice cream village, birthday cake village, banana split village were some of the early revelations. When we …

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Tending the Fire

When we bought our house more than three years ago, we found a burn pile waiting for us. Since then we’ve added leaves, pine needles, decaying bark, trimmed branches, rotten 2×6’s, dead window boxes and other random junk. A couple of years ago, we spent one day burning, but mostly the pile has just grown …

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Kamikaze Robin

We were still in bed, working hard to deny it was morning, when we first heard the pitter patter of little feet. Or was it the flutter of tiny wings? Before long it stopped and we didn’t think about it again, until it returned the next morning. Could something be skittering on the outside of …

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Dare to Imagine

Where did your imagination take you as a child? What did you see, dream, aspire to, pretend? I can’t imagine I ever dreamed of being a famous rock star, but I know I spent hours singing along to records holding an imaginary microphone in front of my face, so maybe. Others donned a cape and …

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