Everyone Has A Story

Everyone Has A Story

In the predawn darkness I sit, sipping fresh coffee and scratching the next column on unlined sheets of printer paper. I’ve forgotten my backpack, the carry-all that I sling over my shoulder every time I go to write. I feel disoriented without the familiar items...
How the Small Can Slay Giants

How the Small Can Slay Giants

It had all the elements of a riveting tale, especially if you were a boy. Wild animals, a giant, and a boy with a weapon, a boy winning out in the end. He was in his pajamas, my own little boy was, and we had gotten the Bible story book. Starting at the beginning,...
How the Small Can Climb Mountains

How the Small Can Climb Mountains

The wind, it bites. Whooshing down the hill on a green, two-man sled. I’m a kid again. Just a 40-something kid in boots. On a sled. In the snow. And the wind. It’s New Year’s Day. Mister comes in, man boots dropping snow on my kitchen floor....
Plain Beauty

Plain Beauty

I come from a long line of Plain People. Known as Amish and Mennonites, they were salt-of-the-earth farmers and craftsman who worked hard with their hands, scratching a living from the earth. By family history, my great-grandfather arrived on the plains of Kansas as...
Future’s Promise in Seed

Future’s Promise in Seed

Fall has come. The sun, it shines upon us there, walking along our country road. For months we’d walked, The Mister and I, watching the fields. First had been the planting, future’s promise in seed, marching ‘cross the fields in rows. Then...

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