“Stay Beautiful, Golden Child” – a poem

A  departure for me. Poetry. Free verse. It seemed to pour out of a place that was quite clear about the fact that this post needed to be more along the lines of poetry. Our grandson, David, five years old, newly “graduated” from preschool yet still so completely sweet and vulnerable. Ready for school but not ready; at least not me, I’m not nearly ready. … Continue reading “Stay Beautiful, Golden Child” – a poem

Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

My job as Grandaddy Derek is to love David and Beks with the cumulative love of all these decades, to nurture them spiritually in ways I’m only now beginning to grow into, and to share with them the stories I couldn’t possibly have known thirty years ago because I had yet to live them. Continue reading Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

love wins; bigotry destroys us

The wolf shall live with the lamb,     the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together,     and a little child shall lead them. – Isaiah 11:6 Rebekah and I are enjoying a serendipitous couple of days with our daughter Naomi, her husband Craig, and our wonderful grandchildren. It’s still a regular work week, but enormous fun to have them around. … Continue reading love wins; bigotry destroys us

life = curiosity, and grace, and joy

 Whom have I in heaven but you?     And earth has nothing I desire besides you.  My flesh and my heart may fail,     but God is the strength of my heart     and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:25-26 What a great scripture to start the day! Thanks, Bible Gateway. It’s been a busy morning so far around Maul-Hall, thanks to the presence of Ms. Beks. Oh, … Continue reading life = curiosity, and grace, and joy