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And She Fell in Love. A guest post by my lovely wife, Emily.

And She Fell in Love. A guest post by my lovely wife, Emily.

Written as a tribute to my husband in celebration of our first married Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2018. On a snowy February day in 1991, eleven-year-old me fell in love for the first time. On that day, the sweet, shy, blue-eyed, dark-haired, boy playmate that I’d known since third grade captured my heart with one of the kindest, most genuine gestures that I have ever received in my life. As many of you may know, life can be hard…

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Sweet Eden

Sweet Eden

My journey through cancer has led me to some amazing people.  My friend over at Insert Chaos Here featured my daughter, Eden, in a sweet cartoon series he does about his little daughter in heaven, Selah.  For those of you who may be reading, but not know, I lost my daughter Eden two years ago.  I picture her now with her uncles in heaven creating a little bit of mischief.  My friend Joseph, author of Insert Chaos Here, nailed my…

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Time Ticks On

Time Ticks On

I sit in front of the desk, Emily’s hand grasping firmly onto mine.  “Nervous?” I ask her?  She says nothing, but nods.  Unthinkingly, I nod in return.  She tightens her grip on my hand.  I can feel her grasp is cold and clammy.  Anxiously, I drum the fingers of my other hand on the plastic arm of the chair.  The unrhythmic cacophony of my inattentive jam session disguises the loud audible tick, tick, tick, coming from the clock facing us on…

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Clash! Shudder! Tink! Tump! – A Guest Appearance

Clash! Shudder! Tink! Tump! – A Guest Appearance

As a father of a large brood, I understand chaos.  As the father of a large brood, my friend Joseph over at Insert Chaos Here also understands chaos.  The difference between us?  He blogs about his family’s adventures.  As a change of pace, Joseph asked me to write a guest post on his blog that shows a little insight into what kind of nuttiness that my family gets up to.  As a break from my norm, I thought I would…

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With Love We Live

With Love We Live

Beep. Beep. Beep. The Allegro tone rings from the monitor beside my bed, counting out a quick paced 130 heartbeats per minute.  It has played this same song-like tune for the past several days.  The steady tempo pulses into the air, holding the cadence of my internal rhythm.  It sounds like a metronome tapping its way through Carmen’s March of the Toreadors.  I listen to the operatic cantata patiently, waiting for the slow drift into completion, but the end of the concerto never…

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Red Dirt and Rain

Red Dirt and Rain

“Do you want some help?” I ask.  I’m watching my three youngest sons haul the cooler along the beach.  The older of the three, back turned towards me, is occupied with pulling and declines to answer my offer.  His heels are dug into the sand as he stands bent over the object.  His slight frame and slender features mask his true physical strength.  Both of his hands hold firmly to the same handle on one side of the cooler, and…

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The Barber and ‘The Saint’

The Barber and ‘The Saint’

I slide my car neatly into the last open parking space in front of the shop.  The street is lined on both sides with vehicles, their owners patroning the small restaurants and stores up and down the main town center.  This town, the neighbor to where I live, is one of my favorite places to visit.  Crossing the threshold into the county limits is like stepping back to a different period in time.  The architecture and small town, charm is something straight out of…

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It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

It’s Sunday morning.  The dark clouds have been looming overhead for days and the cold spring rain is keeping us all indoors.  My youngest sons, “the little boys”, as we affectionately refer to my second set of twins, have their foreheads pressed against the glass windowpane, eyes raised towards the sky, watching as the water pours down in sheets.  The puddles collecting in the gravel driveway are becoming so deep that each passing minute seems to threaten to carry away…

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.

I stand in front of the mirror, eyes focussed on my reflected hands as they fastidiously go about their task.  I watch as each hand works together, almost autonomously from the rest of my body, my right-hand circles the wide end of the tie over the small end and then pulls it up into the neck loop from underneath.  Both hands continue deftly through the process and after a couple of minutes as if by muscle memory, they finish the task….

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We are all Small on the Mountain Top

We are all Small on the Mountain Top

The car winds its way along the curving road. The wipers rhythmically tapping out a beat as they clear away the rain that falls in sleeting sheets on the windshield.  I glance at the temperature display on my dash, a few degrees colder and this rain would freeze to the glass and the curves under my tires would become as slick as grease.  “Please don’t let the temperature drop,” I think to myself. I know I’m getting closer to my…

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