In 1939, as Hitler began his swift march across Europe, three children made a journey of their own, arriving at the doorstep of the Kilns in Risinghurst, just outside of Oxford, where C.S. Lewis was a professor of English Literature. Although only forty, his request to re-enter military service was denied and the armed force's … Continue reading A Celebratory Piece of Turkish Delight
It's no secret that COVID has changed a lot of things in our world. Not least among them is how we travel. Airline travel is at its lowest level in decades, with more and more Americans choosing the relative safety of their own vehicles and embarking on that simultaneously most-dreaded and also most-loved traditions: the … Continue reading An Ode to the American Roadtrip
Four hundred years ago this week, on September 16, 1620, the people we now know as "Pilgrims" set out from Plymouth for the New World, seeking relief from religious persecution in their home country. Every Thanksgiving, children don paper hats and cardboard bonnets to reenact the life of these settlers after their arrival. Their difficult … Continue reading From Plymouth to Plymouth
Happy Birthday to the United States of America! Wait...what? America's birthday is generally accepted to be July 4. Independence Day. A day filled with hot dogs, fireworks, and flags. The day our founding fathers banded together to declare independence from Great Britain, marking the end of colonial rule and the birth of a new … Continue reading Will the REAL Independence Day Please Stand Up?
It's that time of year again. A time of simultaneous joy and dread, elation and despair, all depending on which side of the fence you sit. Summer. Break. That too-long but oh-so-short hiatus in school schedules and homework, book reports and science projects, early mornings and jam-packed afternoons. It's weeks upon weeks of bare feet, … Continue reading It’s All The Farmers’ Fault…Again!
On May 22, 337, a man entered baptismal waters, publicly declaring his faith in Jesus Christ. And while all baptisms are a momentous occasions, this particular one not only changed the life of the one exiting the water, it also inspired a marked change in direction for an entire land, an entire people, and ultimately … Continue reading The Baptism Heard ‘Round the World
It's an image as synonymous with the Dirty Thirties as dust: the hobo. Hopping the rails, scrounging for food, lounging on street corners with a tin cup or brown paper bag on their laps. In our minds, they are bedraggled, faces covered with stubble, carrying all their belongings in a handkerchief tied to a stick, … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the American Hobo
This week, I finished my study of the Book of Acts. It's been a poignant study during these current times and, although the story was familiar, the words jumped out at me brand new, as fresh and relevant as the day they were written. For those unfamiliar, the Book of Acts follows the disciples after … Continue reading One Last Pandemic Pick-Me-Up from Paul
I miss baseball. I know it's a ridiculous thing to miss in the middle of pandemic that's taken much more important things, but still I miss baseball. So today, I want to forget the pandemic, forget the quarantine, forget the self-isolation, and let my mind travel to the ballpark, to the crack of the bat … Continue reading A Legacy Bigger Than His Batting Average
Springtime in the southern plains. Although the days of the black dusters have long-since passed, March and April still bring with them the ferocious winds that once doomed the barren grasslands. While gone are the dunes that once piled against fences and buried unfortunate automobiles, stick around long enough and you might still see a … Continue reading The Czar, The River, and the Thistle