A Crumb-y, Salty Lesson

January 26, 2015

  The moment they came out of the oven, I knew.  The way your dog can tell if you are sad, the way a best friend just knows that you need a good laugh because something is just off, I just knew. I had completely botched the cookies.       It's a hard thing to do, actually:  botching something you could do while sleepwalking ...

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Dr. King and Mr. Kyle’s King

January 19, 2015

"I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear."  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Kids all over the country are out of school, having play dates they wish they could have every day, most of them thinking very little about the history of segregation or the periodically deepening and then healing chasms of race relations in our country's history.  But many of us grown-ups spend time thinking those thoughts, wondering how to make things right (or at least vastly better), being inspired by Dr. King's example. We teach our...

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Be

January 14, 2015

Sometimes our hearts cry out for the reminder of Whose we are and Whom we were made to serve.  Sometimes that comes when we face big decisions, sometimes small.  But as St. Augustine rightly said once, "Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee," and perhaps the beautiful words and familiar melody of this classic hymn - one of the oldest and most beloved in history - will take you to that place of rest in Him today. Godspeed.  [If the video does not show immediately below these words, please click here.] [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTw2A12RolE[/embed] [Editor's note:  you'll see a website listed at...

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Living La Vida Make-believe-a

January 13, 2015

If we're honest with ourselves, we're all just making our way through this thing called life playing make-believe.  (Points to you if you just picked up the Prince song reference without even thinking about it.  Double points if you also picked up on the early 1960s love song reference.) Make-believe is awesome when you're a seven-year-old kid pretending to be a homeboy (while your mama is doubled over laughing) ...

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Thanks A Lot, Barnabus.

January 12, 2015

Barnabus, our black cat, thinks of himself as a Black Panther Ninja, prowling from one place to another before leaping to impossible heights to protect himself and our family from nefarious would-be assassins such as (a) anything on the mantle (b) anything else on the mantle that he didn't get the first time (c) my favorite red Santa statue. He broke that favorite Santa statue of mine this Christmas season, and clearly he lacks the mental capacity to appreciate that I did not shoot him for that since he just went on the attack a couple of days ago and broke one of...

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