the memory keeper… war and shaving edition

    A couple years ago I bought four plastic totes and labeled one for each son.  As I unpacked boxes from the past, I dropped whatever belonged to a boy in his own box.  They overflowed pretty fast.  Realizing it was silly to keep elementary school papers for a guy in his mid-40s, I …

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…on being “Support Staff”

Years ago when I lived somewhere else and was gainfully employed at our local university, I was at a "Support Staff" meeting where employee labels were being discussed. There were "Faculty", who were pretty much the stars of the show.  (oh yes, just ask them!) There were "Administrators" with power to hire, fire and make big decisions.  They went …

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A Veteran’s Story… short and sweet

  This boy grew up like most others of his day.  He minded his dad and loved his mom.  He studied hard, raced his bike on Seattle streets, and really loved his American Flyer train set.   He grew up and married his high school sweetheart, worked hard, became a dad and most every Christmas of my growing …

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Found

A mom can find her kid. Even in a crowd. I could find Andrew on the football field by watching for arms and legs. I can spot Daniel by the sound of his laugh. And Ian’s voice draws my attention. Much like his dad’s, it's distinctive and pleasing.  And as with Andrew, if he's moving, I can find …

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Connections ~ That Pull Us Thru

A soldier returned to his home from two back-to-back combat tours in as many years.He returned to family who love him.But he could not relax.  He did not sleep well.  He scrubbed things that didn't need scrubbing.  He organized, arranged, re-arranged and made piles for the dump.  He pressure washed the entire exterior of his home.  He pulled out …

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Connections ~ Wirelessly Delivered to the Heart

Last week I wrote of the recent road trip to visit family.  One evening I joined my parents, sister and niece for dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant in downtown Auburn.  It’s right close by the old gold miner.   And it was the last place I ever took my grandparents before Papa died. The place had …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ No Hurry Today

I'm in a hurry to get things done, Oh I rush and rush until life's no fun. All I really got to do is live and die, but I'm in a hurry and don't know why This song by Alabama used to make me think of a son... the one who was in a hurry …

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