Words for a Noisy World: Silent Night

Listen to the words: Silent night! holy night! all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and Child, holy Infant, so tender and mild—sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night holy night! shepherds quake at the sight; glories stream from heaven afar; heav’nly hosts sing alleluia—Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born! Silent night! [...]

By |2019-12-24T14:14:42+00:00December 24th, 2019|Reflections|0 Comments

Is It Christmas Again? Seeing Christmas Through a Child’s Eye

Adults groan at the first hint of Christmas. A few years ago, donned in shorts and a t-shirt to beat the Memorial Day heat, we walked into Hobby Lobby. They were putting up Christmas. “There oughta be a law,” I muttered. Christmas comes much too soon for most credit cards and bank accounts to handle. Invitations for competing events arrive in email [...]

By |2019-12-14T17:47:43+00:00December 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

A Ruined Christmas

For most of my adult life, I have written. But it has been short essays and perspective pieces. I never tried fiction (primarily because a jr. high teacher told me what was wrong with a short story without telling me how to fix it). This year, I decided to move out of my comfort zone. I used my morning writing time to [...]

By |2019-12-07T14:06:25+00:00December 7th, 2019|Short Story|2 Comments

A Christmas Movie with a Lesson: Caring For What Matters

I am a sap for Christmas movies.   I know. Most sell sentimental gooiness in heaping portions. In the movies (Hallmark or otherwise), everything works out right. After all, it's Christmas, and that's the way Christmas works. Everyone gets what they want.   Many are old standards. You see St. Nick defending himself in Miracle on 34th Street. Jimmy Stewart stands on [...]

By |2019-11-19T01:08:35+00:00November 19th, 2019|Life Observations|0 Comments

A Carpenter’s Tale

I am a simple carpenter. No one would believe my story. I wouldn’t believe it had I not lived it. My father Jacob was a carpenter who trained me to be a carpenter. As a boy, he would tell me the family stories. My favorite was a shepherd who became a king. He said we were related to a famous king. We [...]

By |2017-12-19T02:56:36+00:00December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Before Christmas: Making Giving Better

On the Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Cookies album is a song called Ordinary Days. It’s not a traditional Christmas song.   In it, the writers Steve Bogard and Rick Giles captured more than holly, snow, and nativity scenes. They put a tear in the eyes of Christmas.   The song speaks to what you should give for Christmas. None are from big [...]

By |2017-11-21T01:33:52+00:00November 21st, 2017|Life Observations, Reflections, Uncategorized|0 Comments