Monthly Archives: November 2008

DOWN

When it’s November I climb the attic ladder to bring down the down that covers us ‘til spring. And then our flannel sheets conspire with our down comforter to keep us warm ‘til days again have greatly lengthened. When I … Continue reading

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TAKE CARE

“Take care” crept into our vocabulary stealth like a few years back. All of a sudden, it seems (though it wasn’t all of a sudden) it became the words to use for our departures. It wasn’t there when I was … Continue reading

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A WALK INTO THE NIGHT

Walking alone one night along a country road I held a flash light that cut into the darkness revealing a wind swept road. Leaves strewn along its edges were many layered glued together by a recent rain. Beyond the edges … Continue reading

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THE NURSING HOME

They’ve fallen in the battlefields of life. Some heroes there, some undistinguished — their final homes in little rooms with beds. And there are people there more mentally alert than I and others who have lost their way within the … Continue reading

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THE DREAM THAT STAYED

In my dream: she, lying in a hospital bed told me she was dying — told me not to worry — told me everything would be all right. Hours later I was told she’d died that morning at Manchester Memorial … Continue reading

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VIGIL

At times there’s nothing you can do but wait — wait near the one you love for death to come. Your helplessness before the turns of fate confounds you. It can’t be that this life is done! Your endless prayers … Continue reading

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ENDANGERED STRANGERS

When my computer becomes obsolete it is likely to end up in China in some waste dump near some rural town where its toxic insides will be ripped apart by some poor strangers endangered because of economic realities that force … Continue reading

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RIM ROCK MESA

When we first stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon we were amazed as most folks are. We looked down. I said (kidding of course) “What a way to go!” As the cliff of life’s ending gets closer and … Continue reading

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THE ITCH

The writer of Proverbs may have had a problem similar to one that I have sometimes. Long ago, divinely inspired, he wrote: ”Two is better than one.” The problem is when I have an itch in certain places on my … Continue reading

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THE EMBROIDERED CANOPY

The other day at dusk the gray sky stopped before it reached the horizon looking like a drapery that wasn’t  large enough to cover its intentions. There was this empty space below looking like a colorless hem that touched and … Continue reading

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