4th of July

By Sean Dietrich On my kitchen counter is a pound cake, sitting on a pedestal, beneath a glass dome. Pound cake is the food of summer. It can make or break the entire season. A summer without pound cake is like church without singing. Or Monet without color. Or Andy without...

A Different Lens

By Rick Moore In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students were permitted to leave the school campus for lunch. I remember asking my friend Terry if he wanted to go to the pool hall to get a chilly cheeseburger. He responded by saying his dad would “skin him alive” if...
By Kirk McCarley, Much is written and discussed about the subject of diversity and inclusiveness and exactly what it means.  There are for sure the “visual” considerations related to the color of one’s skin, nationality, sex, and age.  Less visible are the focuses on faith and religious practices and sexual...

Beautiful

By Sean Dietrich My wife and I are going out to dinner tonight. I am waiting for her to get ready. She is in the bathroom, standing before a mirror, pinching her tummy. She asks if I think she is fat. “No,” I say. She frowns. “You sure?” “Yes.” “Well, I feel fat.” She...
By Lauren Catanese, Life is funny. Isn’t it? The path that we live each day, the actions we take, people we interact with, times we stop to breath. Life’s movement will bring us through any and everything our soul needs for its own evolution; it’s purpose. We venture out and...
By Kirk McCarley, “We’re doing twice the work we used to do and getting paid the same.” “This new machine’s not as good as what we had before.” Sound familiar? Consider the first statement, the “do more with less” complaint.  Aren’t nearly all of us are required to be more productive than we...

Pebbles

By Rick Moore, (If you don’t like sad stories, you may not want to read this one.) We had traveled in the bus for over a hundred miles to the campsite located in the hills of Tennessee, as had several other Boy Scout troops from the state. Our Scoutmaster was...
Since this is the month of Easter, I want to reflect on and talk about grace. I know there are various definitions of grace. Among them are: “simple elegance or refinement of movement;” “an attractively polite manner of behaving;” and “a period officially allowed for payment of a sum...

The Dance

By Sean Dietrich “Will the room please settle down before the dance begins?!” says Gary to the elderly crowd in the nursing home cafeteria. “Simmer down, please!” Gary is an old man with a saxophone dangling from his neck. He speaks over a microphone, addressing old folks who are all wearing...

The Gift of Life

By Lauren Catanese Life is like a song. A melodic tune that carries with it all kinds of notes and inflections, pauses, rises & deeper hues. But also, just like your favorite song, life always keeps flowing. We are the witnesses to what is created and we feel the different...

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