• say it again

    by  • September 11, 2006 • 4 Comments

    First, let me say a word of thanks for the prayers and words of encouragement. My mother-in-law is “ahead of schedule” according to her doctor: she was moved to a room Saturday morning and was up walking down the hall less than forty-eight hours after the surgery. She is weak but in good spirits....

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    a quick update

    by  • September 9, 2006 • 4 Comments

    Here’s the news: Rachel had triple-bypass surgery today. She was in surgery about four and a half hours and did very well. She had no complications during the procedure. She weathered the anesthesia well and is alert, but groggy tonight. Thanks for all the prayers and words of support. Peace,Milton

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    hope and history

    by  • September 8, 2006 • 7 Comments

    The last forty-eight hours have been full of almost every emotion I can name. Though I’ve been here by myself, I’ve spent much of the day talking to Ginger in Birmingham, keeping up with what is going on there. Rachel goes in for her surgery early tomorrow morning. Ginger comes back home Saturday evening...

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    pivot point

    by  • September 7, 2006 • 5 Comments

    This is not a week like any other week. Yesterday, Ginger flew to Birmingham to be with her mother who had a heart catherization today. When we found out about the procedure last week, Ginger called her mother’s doctor to ask what was going on. The physician’s assistant was compassionate and careful in her...

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    what the stone said

    by  • September 6, 2006 • 1 Comment

    As I drove around running errands today, I met someone I did not know before: I. F. Stone. Though he died a few years back, he was the topic of Talk of the Nation with his biographer, Myra McPherson. Though the facts of his life are interesting, what made me wish I had known...

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    do you want fries with that?

    by  • September 5, 2006 • 5 Comments

    My new schedule at the restaurant means I work forty hours in three and a half days: Monday I work twelve, Wednesday I work six, and then eleven each on Friday and Saturday. The long day on Monday makes it a challenge to write Sunday through Thursday, which is my goal. But here I...

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    flat tires and tamales

    by  • September 4, 2006 • 3 Comments

    I drove to church in the rain this morning. Somehow the weather reads the calendar: as soon as September comes there is a marked change. Of course, this year even August cooled off, but we have always been able to count on Labor Day Weekend giving us tangible proof of the end of summer...

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    rubber road to nowhere

    by  • August 31, 2006 • 5 Comments

    Today marks a week since I joined the gym. When it comes to exercise, I can think of at least fourteen other things I would rather do than walk or run or do sit-ups. But I am about three and a half months away from my completing my fiftieth year on the planet and...

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    shopping carts and skinned knees

    by  • August 31, 2006 • 3 Comments

    Wednesday is my early release day at work, which means I got to listen to All Things Considered on the way home rather than listening to the Red Sox lose another game on their West Coast slide. They were just beginning a story on Grocery Cart TV. Seriously. Wal Mart (of course) and a...

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    going bananas

    by  • August 30, 2006 • 4 Comments

    I came up to write this evening without much on my mind. Today has been another cool, rainy, and gray day (in August!) and I felt on the inside much like the weather felt on the inside. So I began clicking on some of the news links in the sidebar to see if I...

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