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Just Another Day

I wrote this at the start of my senior year in college for the college newspaper, in October 1994.  After the long dark night, a faint glimmer of light appears low on the black horizon.  A chorus of crickets is replaced by an orchestra of birds.  They proclaim the birth […]

The Search is Over…

Desperate times, oh this dark dark day, My favorites, you monsters, have taken away. No warning, no word to warn a coming plight, You cowards just took it and slipped into the night. For strong fabric at the seams I pray, The reserves to stay whole beyond their day. Woe […]

Sunset in the Foothills

Into the glowing foothills I follow, Before the mountains can swallow, A sun casting rays in desperate fight, Against the looming dark of night.   Her beams spread low, taking hold, Of rocks and trees in the gentle cold. Golden moments, they shine a glow, Helpless, though, as shadows grow. […]

The World Famous Artist

Pushing your ordinary, everyday shopping cart in behind me at your ordinary, every day supermarket came, apparently, a world famous artist. Although I never saw this man before and had no idea who he was, I knew in an instant he was an artist. For all I know, he could […]

Facing Down 40

As I start writing this, technicalities aside, I am an hour away turning 40. It’s a milestone that for a couple of years has loomed over me as time hurtled me forward. I wish I could say that I got here with grace, class and a smile. But, in actuality, […]

Darkness and Light

The other night, I sat at church and watched the Christmas concert for my sons’ Catholic school.  I watched with an overflowing heart as my kindergartner and my big first grader sang, one with a giant smile on his face, the other studiously singing the words as he seemed to […]

New Bed Time Song

I usually try not to get the kids to riled up at bed time, but the other night, my improvised bed time song got Ben and Matt all sorts of laughing: Ole McDonald had a farm, Ee I ee I oh! And on that farm he had some cows, Ee […]