There's a light at the end of the tunnel, folks. Since my kids were born, we've been in the throes of "I won't eat anything but chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches." Try as I might to introduce them to different foods, my kids would, without fail, take the one required bite … Continue reading A Pinch of Salt Is All You Need
Blink and you'll miss it. Codell is a small farming community much like many others scattered throughout Kansas. Located in the windswept prairie north of Hays (and the bustling traffic of Interstate 70), Codell was established as a railroad town in 1887 and once boasted hundreds of houses, a school, multiple churches as well as … Continue reading When The Third Time’s NOT a Charm
"I would sell my soul for a piece of chocolate right now." Okay, we all know this a figure of speech. No one would actually sell their soul for food, right? (Although I admit, there were times during the worst of my pregnancy cravings I might have come pretty doggone close!) But we all know, … Continue reading My Birthright for Some Stew!
In the height of the Second World War, exhausted American soldiers hunker in their makeshift camps. They are dirty and exhausted, not just from the day's battle, but from years of continuous warfare. Friends have been lost. Comrades have been maimed. And home--America--has never felt further away. Someone pulls out a radio. The upbeat melody … Continue reading This Is Berlin Calling…
I don't remember a lot about my childhood birthdays but there is one particular moment from one particular birthday that lingers even now, over thirty years later. One of those "flashbulb" memories, if you will. It was my sixth birthday, and my parents threw a large bonfire-type get together with my entire extended family. The … Continue reading The Worst (and Best) Gift I Ever Received
In 1945, the world witnessed the true power of nuclear weapons when two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, one on Hiroshima on August 6, and on Nagasaki three days later. Realizing the potential (and perhaps ramifications) of such a weapon, at the war's end, the United States created the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to … Continue reading 3-2-1, Action…or Explosion!
#wellnesswednesday is on hiatus this week as I spend this Holy Week with my family and in reflection of the love and sacrifice of my Savior. May you be blessed this Easter season. "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in … Continue reading Holy Week Hiatus
The door to the studio was shut tight. Inside, Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, was hard at work on his latest masterpiece—and he was not to be disturbed. Lump (pronounced “loomp”) was not discouraged. He pushed his way inside and dropped a stone at the feet of the painter, tail wagging expectantly. Picasso, … Continue reading The Spanish Artist and the German Dog
My children attend a private Christian school and, for the most part, it is a blessing. Every day I am thankful to have this opportunity to send my kids to a place where they are surrounded by other believers, where they are taught the Truth of God's Word, and where the focus on their education … Continue reading Why, Then, Do You Judge Your Own Brother?
On the northwest corner of Greene Street and Washington Place in Manhattan sits the Asch Building. Made of iron and steel and constructed in 1900, the ten-story building was named after its owner--Joseph J. Asch--and, upon its completion, offered office and factory space for several of New York's rising industries. In 1911, the 8th, 9th, … Continue reading No One Was Responsible