A Closer Walk

Marilyn and I often pass each other walking in the mornings. She comes out her front door and turns to the right going up the hill as I am coming down from my home. Sometimes we only wave and [...]

Our Secret Inquietude

After my father died we were sorting through his papers and found a stock certificate for 100 worthless shares. They were all that was left of what had once been his retirement plan. He had [...]

A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons, is the story of Sir Thomas More, who served Henry VIII as Lord Chancellor, Archbishop and trusted adviser until More could no longer support the King in [...]

The Long Goodbye

“In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” Joshua 4:21-22 I’ve been [...]

Repaid by Love

My father once observed about Billy Graham that he was one of the most gracious men he ever met. When asked about it, Billy said, “I had nothing to do with it. I inherited it from my father.” I [...]

The Inconvenient Elder

The creation of wealth often spurs an unexpected reaction in the next generation. During the 12th and early 13th centuries there was something of an explosion of both wealth and the formation of [...]

Lost Boys

My father left me three watches as part of my inheritance. The first, and oldest, was the one his parents had given him as a graduation present from high school in 1932. The second was a watch he [...]

Imprisoned by the Past

The most memorable line President Obama spoke about his recent meeting with Raul Castro was, “The United States will not be imprisoned by the past.” I have thought a lot about that over the last [...]

Imaginary People

“In Port William only strangers and preachers and traveling salesmen ever went to anybody’s front door.” That line from Wendell Berry’s “Jayber Crow” fairly describes my own [...]

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