Road Under Construction

Awhile ago, the Preacher mentioned a landmark he’d noticed on the highway between home and town. Had I noticed it, he wanted to know. “No. Where?” “Near the bridge.” I drive that highway often. “There’s no bridge on the highway to our place.” He looked at me funny. “What d’ya …

This Easter, get in the ark

Spring is trying to spring. The calendar says it should, and we, the people, agree. But even as we wish winter away, we dread what follows. Alps have risen in our front yards. Some walkways sport newly sculpted tunnels. Snow still lurks in local forecasts. But so does spring flooding. …

The Beets and the Beans

“Hey, kids…have you ever tried raw beets?” Six wide eyes, and three disapproving looks followed my hands as I set the small bowl of beet sticks on the table. One mouth howled for them all. “But we don’t LIKE beets!” The others fell in, like a pack of coyotes when …

What makes a long marriage work?

  Not everyone will marry. Not everyone wants to—and not everyone should. But long marriages fascinate us all. “How’d they do that?” we wonder, especially around Valentine’s Day.  “What’s the secret of your long romance?” someone asked a happy pair celebrating their golden anniversary.  “Since we both retired, we take …