[23 Feb 2015 | Comments Off | 71 views]
Sparrow

He was a country preacher and a farmer. Early one Saturday morning he was milking his cow. His faith was at low ebb. Times were tough and things were thin and he was feeling low. Bills were due and things around the farm were in need of repair. He sat milking his cow and wondering what he had to say to the people that would gather for worship the next day. Quietly he began to talk out loud to the Lord.
While he was praying he heard a “thump.” Just a …

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[23 Feb 2015 | Comments Off | 71 views]
Sparrow

He was a country preacher and a farmer. Early one Saturday morning he was milking his cow. His faith was at low ebb. Times were tough and things were thin and he was feeling low. Bills were due and things around the farm were in need of repair. He sat milking his cow and wondering what he had to say to the people that would gather for worship the next day. Quietly he began to talk out loud to the Lord.
While he was praying he heard a “thump.” Just a …

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[17 Feb 2015 | One Comment | 41 views]
Mitford Bedside Companion

Jan Karon says that weather is a writer’s friend. Here is how she put it: “I find weather one of the most useful tools ever made available to an author, not to mention poets, whose work absolutely thrives on it. The Mitford novels are full of weather, and would be intolerably weak tea without it.”
If you would like to read a wonderful little cluster of weather descriptions invest in The Mitford Bedside Companion. It is a treasure if you only buy it for this delightful chapter.

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[16 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 36 views]
2015-02-10 21.21.42

The first inclination of my life calling was my childhood eagerness to participate in “Show and Tell.” Saturday, after watching our grandbuddie Kyle (K2) Pierpont play basketball in Howell, I drove up the state through Flint, Saginaw, Zilwaukee, Bay City and Pinconning on Interstate 75 and then followed 23 tracing Lake Huron’s great Saginaw Bay through Standish and Au Gres, Tawas City, and East Tawas, to a small theater in Oscoda. East of Oscoda is Lake Huron. West of Oscoda you can drive through two hours Huron National Forest along …

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[16 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 153 views]
2014-09-24 07.24.12

My brother-in-law Bob Dunbar was a generous man. When he suddenly died the first week of February hundreds and hundreds of people gathered to mourn his passing and celebrate his life. Everyone spoke of his serving, his listening, and his generosity. Bob was a giver.
He never let me pay for coffee or lunch. When we gathered to celebrate his life and mourn his death, I discovered that I was only one of many hundreds of people that experienced his generous nature. Last week I gathered a few of the …

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[13 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 53 views]
2015-02-10 21.21.15

“We — or at least I — shall not be able to adore God on the highest occasions if we have learned no habit of doing so on the lowest. At best, our faith and reason will tell us that He is adorable, but we shall not have found Him so, not have ‘tasted and seen.’ Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in …

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[9 Feb 2015 | 8 Comments | 1,299 views]
Bob and Family

Sunday morning, February 1st in South Bend Bob Dubar woke up to a heavy snowfall. He usually got a cup of coffee and got to church early to serve as an usher. Sunday Bob spent some time clearing the drive of snow for his family to get to church. He shoveled behind the cars. He shoveled a path to the door of his wife Linda’s truck. He shoveled around the front of the truck to clear the snow away from the passenger side door. It was there he spent his …

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[2 Feb 2015 | 10 Comments | 1,806 views]
Bob Dunbar

About thirty years ago, very late on a winter night, the phone rang. I answered. On the other end of the line was a quiet voice.
“Hello, this is Bob Dunbar. Could I speak to Linda?”
Lois’s sister Linda had come to live with us while she got launched in life. We had plenty of room and it was good to have her with us. She was always fun to have around and she showered little Kyle with attention and bubble gum. She worked as a waitress at the Emporium, a restaurant …