“I know that voice!” There was instant recognition. He hadn’t seen me yet, and all I had done was to call out his name. That was all it took. The connection we had had years before was still tight. Good friends can reconnect in a heartbeat. I hadn’t told him I was coming to the … Continue reading Still in Tune
Mission has a way of giving you new perspectives. I’ve been blessed to go to Alaska the past few years with some wonderful people. We get the chance to pour energy and enthusiasm into some small villages where people manage to get by on less than what others have in this world. We develop relationships … Continue reading The Long and Short of It
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!
“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
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
“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
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