Don’t Feed the Bear

They never heard the grizzly bear When he approached in the dark of night. "Give me all of your food." He said. "And everything will be all right." So they emptied their burlaps of bacon and beans To dispel the threat from the beast. He gorged his belly and let go a belch, Then promptly…

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Yearning

I must cling to You or drown in a sea of my own nothingness. Bless me with perseverance as I travel, with candle lit, to testify of Your love.   I am jealous of  John who gazed at you while you slept. And of all those who knew your voice and felt your touch.   But I…

The Greatest Gift

Everyone is busy. December is here. We are making our lists and checking them twice. We want to make sure they are well received. We're hanging lights, wrapping presents and singing "Jingle Bells." We are thinking of family. We are especially thinking of making Christmas special for the children. In fact many of us are…

Reflection

I took the header photograph a couple of years ago. It's a view of the sunset from the small bay where our home lies on Lake Palestine in Northeast Texas. At the time I was wanting pictures to simply hang on the wall for new décor. There were four in the series I took that…

Under the Sea with Cindy Ballard

My cousin, Cindy Ballard, her husband Danny, and her daughter Ceresa live in Paamul, Quintana Roo, Mexico. They have been diving for many years. I've always been a little jealous when she posts pictures of her dives on Facebook. I decided it would be fun to share her photography on my blog when she posted…

An Ordinary Day

No storms were on the horizon No worries or hurries or cares No messages from Verizon No particular reason for tears No real effect and no real cause   It was just an ordinary day In a kind of plain vanilla way It was just an ordinary day 'Till I kneeled down to pray  …

Valley of Uncertainty

They stood on the edge of the mountain looking down into the valley below. The roads were winding and tortuous. It was hard to see where she would go.   "Is there another way?" She looked up as she queried. "No child. This is your path." His answer was stern. "How will I know where…

STEP by STEP

Today I'm 24,089 days old. That leads me to question how many steps I've taken and how many miles do they make? When I googled the average steps a person takes in a day, the answer was 10,000 steps or 5 miles for the average stride. I'm willing to take that figure considering the 126…

Prayer and Politics

Last Sunday's mass murder of innocent people gathered in their house of worship, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, shook the consciousness of our nation. Such a horrific act cannot be comprehended easily. How can a person become so full of hate as to violently distinguish the lives of strangers who have never wronged them in any…

The Destructive Nature of Cults

Several decades ago a close family member left for California with her husband joining the "religion" of Scientology. Her adult son managed to leave the community of worshippers of this group a few years ago. On doing so he was labeled "a suppressive person" and his parents cut ties and communication with their son, following…