Category Archives: Memoir

Engaged!

Engaged  [inˈɡājd, enˈɡājd] Definition: A state of being firmly and continuously connected.  E.g. “A car cannot move until its gears are engaged; when they are disengaged, it ceases to move forward.” My wife and I got engaged 34 years ago today. … Continue reading

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Forgiveness + Love = Freedom

I played a leprechaun in a high school musical, and forthwith adopted the leprechaun’s moniker, Og, as my nickname. But only last week did I learn via DNA testing than I am actually more Irish than anything else (39% to … Continue reading

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Freedom Awaits

Even if I’d never been a father, this picture would touch me. But because I have, it touches me even more deeply. It pierces my heart and salves it all at once. Why? Because even as I write this a … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

Not everyone uses the term un-saved. But Jesus said, and our own eyes tell us, that there are people who are on paths of self-destruction, whose choices are toxic to themselves and to others. I know, because I was one … Continue reading

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You Are My Allegory

Today is my wife’s birthday. It’s no great wonder we should think in metaphors Our lives are but a parallel to something more Still, lacking that more perfect world we’ll call this Life And mend each other’s broken wings and … Continue reading

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To Judge or Judge Not: Getting Personal

Part Two (To read Part One, click here) A few years back, a publisher friend named Richard stunned me by announcing, after we’d completed a successful project together, that he would never work with me again. When I asked why, … Continue reading

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To Judge or Judge Not: Facing the Facts

Part One It was 7:00 p.m. on a Halloween night. Amidst a flurry of 6 year old Frozen princesses and 13 year old Walking Dead, our perpetually late letter carrier showed up. My first thought was to drop a candy … Continue reading

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