National Hammock Day!

If all goes well, then the sun will be shining. The temperatures will be cool and delightful. There will be a light and refreshing breeze. I will be on a small island in Alaska among friends that are very much like family. There will be several of us enjoying the afternoon. And I will be … Continue reading National Hammock Day!

Fitting Memorials

“Just follow the yellow line—it will take you right to it.” This was a common thing to hear at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. People had asked so many times that the cemetery finally just painted a line on the road to take you to there. The place in question was the grave of … Continue reading Fitting Memorials

Plotting a Resting Place

Rest in Peace. It’s a common expression. We see it in cemeteries; we say it in ceremonies. And at least part of what it means to us is to rest in place. We have an idea that our dearly departed need to have a place in which they find their repose. For generations, the resting … Continue reading Plotting a Resting Place

Non-Standard Mail

“We can send them to you via FedEx. Could you please notify us of your wishes?” There are all kinds of things that can be sent FedEx. They specialize in getting items from here to there. And apart from that movie “Castaway,” they seem pretty good at delivering. But this was different. This was not … Continue reading Non-Standard Mail

Age of Generosity

It was not a normal birthday. Often birthdays are filled with cakes and parties and music and gatherings of family and friends. I was going to be in a small darkened room, with only my sister in attendance and a couple of medical staff. Instead of dancing and mingling, I would lying almost completely still. … Continue reading Age of Generosity

Help Wanted

I'd like to start by saying, "Thank you." Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I've been at this now for almost a year. I started to blog because I felt like writing would be a good discipline for me and that I had finally lived long enough to have something to … Continue reading Help Wanted

Ask my Neighbor

I recently saw a story online that caught my interest. Someone was out in Amish country and came upon an elderly gentleman. There is more curiosity about the Simple People than answers for most of us. The Amish are not usually quick to engage in public conversation about matters of faith or politics, and their … Continue reading Ask my Neighbor