By Kirk McCarley Moments before, the attention span began wavering. Soon, thoughts drifted, eyelids drooped, head nods. Who hasn’t experienced these physical and mental symptoms at conferences, meetings, or classrooms where either the subject matter was dry or the speaker or presenter was less than stimulating? In a momentary state of arousal...
They stand behind caged doors. They look at you when you walk by. They bark like their lives depend on it. Some have barked so hard they’ve lost their voices. They miss running more than anything. I’m talking about all-out, wide-open, honest-to-goodness running. Their legs were made for this, but they...

Golden Rays

By Rick Moore A friend of mine is a professional photographer. He plans to visit our area to film beautiful landscapes, and he wants me to provide him a list of the best places to go. I’ve had the privilege of recording spectacular locations from the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon...
By Lauren Catanese Ever feel like you are just running the bases in life? One thing after another, going from activity to yet another obligation that we have signed up for. It feels like it never stops and we have to just keep going and going, running and running. And...

Collective Wisdom

By Rick Moore At the age of 18, I took a summer job on a farm planting tomatoes. The owner, affectionately named Big E, asked me if I knew the difference between knowledge and wisdom. After making a few guesses, I gave up. He explained: “Knowledge is recognizing a tomato...
By Rev. Pete Hyde The sunny March morning came in with a little breeze as a reminder that it was still spring, and summer had not yet turned on its oven-like heat. The bay was mirror-like as far as the eye could see as they crossed the bridge to an early...

Resolution No. 2

By Kirk McCarley Two teenage girls were sitting together on a bench intensely focused on their cellular devices.  Exchanging laughs and giggles, closer observation and eavesdropping confirmed they were furiously texting each other! Initially amused, I further considered the moment.  For sure there was an element of cuteness and innocence. Conversely, I felt wistful...

BROKE

By Sean Dietrich He found twenty bucks at a gas station. The bill was sitting on the pump, weighted with a rock. A Post-It note was stuck to the bill. “God bless,” the note read. “Pass it on.” About him: He was broke. We’re talking flat busted. He had forty-three...

Lady

By San Dietrich Miss Lola places casserole dishes on the table. She forms neat rows. The table is full. There is enough Southern fare here to sink the U.S.S. Humdinger. Close your eyes and imagine heaven’s own Golden Corral franchise. That’s what this fellowship hall is. There are old women...

The search for Peace

By Lauren Catanese Ego says – Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel inner peace. Spirit says – Find your inner peace and then everything will fall into place.– Marianne Williamson Are you on a quest to finding peace? It can be a process. We can try to always do the...

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