Kicking the Bucket List

ROCKWALL/HEATH, TX (March 16, 2014) The American Dream, like everything in this modern age, has grown more sophisticated. It now includes the bucket list, that personal wish-list of things we most desire to accomplish before our time on earth expires. The bucket list sounds good to me. My own list already has three items: tour […]

Faith, Heart & Soul Color Run coming Feb 22

ROCKWALL / HEATH (February 2, 2014) Mark your calendars and sign up for the 2nd annual Faith, Heart & Soul: 5K Color Run and 1K Fun Run on Saturday, February 22nd, at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium. The race is presented by Rockwall-Heath High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America and benefits Women In Need, or WIN, […]

Though resolutions fail…

(January 27, 2014) It usually happened every year around the end of January. I had to acknowledge my failure to keep New Year’s resolutions. I’ve done much better since I quit making them. Last year I decided to forgo resolutions after considering my track record: the rabbit-like start; the tortoise-like progression; the road-kill finish. I […]

Keeping the Christmas peace

Keeping the Christmas peace

ROCKWALL (December 16, 2013) Expectations greet us at every turn of the holiday season. But they don’t always say Merry Christmas. Some people trim the tree after Thanksgiving dinner. They might also finish their holiday shopping by end-of-day Black Friday. A few folks will excel them all by getting their family-photo Christmas cards mailed the first […]

A better bridge

A better bridge

ROCKWALL/HEATH (November 10, 2013) For several months I walked my dog along a farm road across a creek that borders my neighborhood. It felt like we owned the road that should have had trucks and SUV’s whizzing down it. But barricades kept the road closed while construction crews replaced an old bridge with a better […]

Of snakes and pumpkins

Of snakes and pumpkins

(October 22, 2013) Our Texas porches want pumpkins in autumn, despite the warm temperatures. Without much color in the trees, we depend on pumpkins and chrysanthemums to announce the season.  I’ll set my favorite yellow and deep orange mums atop a weathered bench on our front porch, and add a few pumpkins to complement their […]

A very present help

(Rockwall) July 23, 2013 – My niece whimpered as she sat cross-legged atop my parent’s kitchen counter. She tried to give her grandfather a good view of the tick burrowed into the back of her skull. Tears fell from Alana’s face as she bent her head low, clenching divided bundles of her thick hair in […]

Hunting for Easter

There is no Easter bunny. I lowered my head in disappointment and embarrassment. An older playmate had just informed five-year-old me that Santa, the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny were mere deceptions. I had to grow up. At least God remained safe. I held on to religious traditions: words, music, prayers and the atmosphere […]

Not Forgetting the Least of These

The first month of 2013 marked a 40th anniversary that many observed but no one should have celebrated. Yet much of our national media didn’t do much to remind us of the January, 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. It’s been an ugly business for 40 years, with passionate arguments that […]

Faith Like A Mustard Seed: Local ministry nurtures servants’ hearts

Faith Like A Mustard Seed: Local ministry nurtures servants’ hearts

(January 2, 2013) Few things are as heartwarming as children giving to others and enjoying themselves while doing it. At an early age children can learn the value of living a life of service; giving comes naturally. Faith Like A Mustard Seed was created to nurture and grow a child’s natural love for giving to the […]