The Bucket List Trip

Let me tell you my story. In August of 2016, my wife Benita and I took a lengthy “bucket list” trip. In our forty plus years of marriage, she had never been to the northeastern USA. She had heard stories from my early teens when I lived in New England as a military brat. She… Continue reading The Bucket List Trip

How God Uses Problems in Your Life

Problems Maybe like me, after you lost your spouse you found yourself faced with problems. Examples that challenged me included: Buying groceries Doing laundry and folding sheets Insurance claims Medical bills Car titles House deeds Claiming her small retirement account Changing the names on checking accounts Getting utilities that were in her name placed in… Continue reading How God Uses Problems in Your Life

How To Have Real Peace

It’s hard enough that your wife has passed away. Now with the Covid-19 Pandemic you too frequently find yourself in a self imposed isolation. You can’t meet with friends, can’t go out to eat, avoid the walking in the shopping malls, Zoom Bible study classes, and live streaming of church services. It’s enough to make… Continue reading How To Have Real Peace

Daily Routine

Morning Writing It’s Tuesday, January 7, 2020. It was a cool 38 degrees F on my front porch in The Colony, Texas at 5:30 AM. Sunrise is still two hours away as I write this post. I’m enjoying a grande Pike Place Roast coffee this morning at my favorite coffeehouse (Starbucks, on Preston, just north… Continue reading Daily Routine

Open-Mic Poetry Reading

Coffee and Oatmeal It’s 6:10 AM on Monday morning, January 6, 2020. I’m out of the house and at my favorite coffeehouse. I have a tall Pike Place Roast coffee and a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar. Writing, walking, paying property taxes, house cleaning, and doing household budget/tax stuff is on my day’s agenda… Continue reading Open-Mic Poetry Reading

The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

Tested Positive for Type A & B Flu It’s Friday, January 3, 2020. I have a 9 AM appointment with the doctor today. I have a bad right earache as well as equilibrium issues. My right tonsil feels like it is swollen. My guess is the issues are related to my testing positive for Flu… Continue reading The Flu Shot Didn’t Work

New Year, New Beginning

New Year, New Beginning Dating is a big step for me. I’ve been a widower since April 2018.  Last winter, I had a long-time friend have her hubby pass away. Around the first of May, I became bold and told her that when she was ready to consider going out to eat or having coffee… Continue reading New Year, New Beginning

A Home or a Museum?

A Home or a Museum? I attended a multi-week grief, loss, and transition workshop about five months after my wife passed away. There was one statement shared during the course that caught my attention. The leader said while it is okay to maintain memories of our dearly departed, we need to be careful not to… Continue reading A Home or a Museum?

When Can I Make Changes?

EPISODE 4 Why Am I Asking Permission? I mentioned to my two oldest children (early 40s and late 30s in age) that I was going to remove about two-dozen family pictures from the fireplace mantle. I guess if I’m honest with myself, I was asking their approval for a change I wanted to make. It’s… Continue reading When Can I Make Changes?