Just after midnight eight years ago, I received one of those dreaded phone calls that brought news of the worst kind. My grandfather suffered a brain hemorrhage. The neurosurgeon performed […]


I love a good story. I like getting lost in a fictional world filled with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. Give me romance and mystery. Provide me with adventure […]

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The hour drive it takes to get to the lake on a Sunday afternoon, I think of the Sunday morning sermon. The preacher was preaching pure gospel, how to be […]

Sometimes we need someone to hold our hands

We’d been at a charity event downtown and had to park a block away. It didn’t seem like such a bad idea when skies were clear. But as a huge […]

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Dangerous Hope

Sep 9, 2015 by

Hope is supposed to feel good, at least that’s what I’ve always thought. It should make me feel all warm and fuzzy, right? As of recent days, hope has not […]


Hope Planted

Aug 27, 2015 by

My mother is a gardener. She grows dreams from tiny seeds. Plants hope in small furrows of soil as black as coffee grounds. Each time she drops one into the […]


I could not distinguish the pattern of dots. Again and again, I ran my finger across them. Frustration boiled up inside of me, and I wanted to slam the braille […]


Sometimes, even right before it really begins, you’ve got a feeling how the week’s going to go. I look in the mirror early on a Tuesday morning, the bedhead looking […]