• the friendly skies: part two

    by  • November 10, 2006 • 2 Comments

    Not long after I finished writing yesterday, I boarded the plane for Birmingham and sat down next to a big guy from Moody, Alabama, which is not far from Irondale, where my in-laws live. He was ready to talk. Usually, I sit down and fall asleep when I get on a plane, but this...

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    the friendly skies

    by  • November 10, 2006 • 2 Comments

    When I was a kid, I loved to fly. Heck, for most of my life that’s been true. There’s always been a certain romance to getting on a plane and crossing a continent or an ocean in a matter of hours. When we lived in Zambia, we used to drive out to the airport...

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    hello in there

    by  • November 9, 2006 • 4 Comments

    For the first time in about four months, I have four days off in a row. I’m flying to Birmingham tomorrow to meet Ginger and hang out with my in-laws and go to a family reunion (well, at least part of the family – Ginger’s cousins are all over that country); I come back...

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    riding a metaphor

    by  • November 8, 2006 • 2 Comments

    I was heading to church tonight for the “Affluenza” class when I hit a big rock or piece of curb stone or something along the edge of the road in the town center. I felt it. My right front tire sort of skipped. I kept going. About a half a mile from the church,...

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    some dreams do

    by  • November 7, 2006 • 7 Comments

    I brushed up against a dream today but nothing happened. No, that’s not true. About three weeks ago, the manager at the Inn asked me to make a proposal to run the Bakery, which could be a really cool breakfast and lunch coffee house kind of place. I can see it. I worked hard...

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    the eye of the storm

    by  • November 6, 2006 • 5 Comments

    One of the first scripture verses I learned was, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’” Actually, it was a song we sang in Sunday School or VBS – that detail I don’t recall. The verse came back to me as I sat down...

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    by  • November 3, 2006 • 6 Comments

    For the month of November, Ginger and I are writing down everything we spend so we can get a good picture of where our money goes. (All of a sudden, all I can hear in my head is Robert Palmer singing, “She’s so fine, there’s no telling where the money went.”) It was her...

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    I sing a song of the saints

    by  • November 2, 2006 • 5 Comments

    One of the first churches I remember going to regularly was the Argyle Road Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. We went there while my parents were in language school before we began going to the predominantly African churches. The church was a British Baptist Church, which was different from Southern Baptist life in several...

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    back in our old haunt

    by  • November 1, 2006 • 4 Comments

    When Ginger and I first moved to Massachusetts in 1990, we settled in Charlestown, one of the neighborhoods of Boston and home to the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. We lived first in a small apartment on Pleasant Street, in the shadow of the Monument, and then in a row house, circa...

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    songs to learn and sing

    by  • October 31, 2006 • 5 Comments

    Sleep came before words last night. They aren’t coming so easily this morning either, so I’ll pass along some words and music that have been collecting in my mental jukebox recently. Thanks to John Brashier for pointing me to the new John Mellencamp song, “Our Country,” which you can listen to here. Makes me...

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