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Great Men

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 | 5 comments

Great Men

 What makes a man great?  I thought a lot about this question sitting in a pew this past Saturday. We were attending the memorial service for Jay Hammond, a member of our church and a man I looked up to a great deal.   As people shared their memories, a pattern of traits emerged for Jay.  I’ll call them the six “F”s…Faith, Family, Friends, Fishing, Food, and Frugal.  I cried as photos of Jay and his family projected on the screen....

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Keeping up with Dad

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Keeping up with Dad

My father loved Christmas.  One of his favorite Christmas carols was “Good King Wenceslas”.  Whenever my mom played it on the piano, he would belt it out in this deep bass voice.  He knew every last verse (there are five!). I loved to hear him sing it, and I would try to keep up as best I could.  My mom was playing that very carol a few weeks ago and I found myself trying to sing it out like dad would except I don’t have his voice.  I...

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Sharing Your Heritage

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 | 1 comment

Sharing Your Heritage

The heritage conversation started over a naptime storybook, Cyrus, the Unsinkable Sea Serpent.  What’s a sea serpent?” asked my son as we closed the book.   My explanation soon led to talking about Nessie and the elusive Loch Ness.  This led to more questions.  Before long I was deep into a lesson on Scotland and our family lineage.   “You know James, our ancestors had a castle on Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle,” I beamed. “Really?...

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Forgiveness

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Forgiveness

I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately.  A recent PBS special really struck me.  The Amish program described the actions taken following the tragedy in Nickel Mines, PA in 2006.  If you’ve forgotten this story, a gunman near Lancaster shot ten young schoolgirls resulting in five of their deaths and then shot himself.  It was an absolute horror. What amazed me most wasn’t the shooting, but the way the community reacted, and...

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Protector

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Protector

Fathers are protectors.  I believe we are wired, just like mothers, to protect our family.  We would dive in front of a speeding bus to save our kid.  We would take a bullet if it meant our son or daughter would be spared.  I was reminded of this fact as I listened to the evening news yesterday.  There were two stories, both tragic, but both reminders of how far a father will go to protect his family.  The first is a story of a dad who...

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Father Tantrum

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 | 0 comments

Father Tantrum

Father Tantrum As a father of two, a two and a four-year- old, I’m reminded of how selfish I sometimes can be.  Marriage was the first to expose this in me.  When you have to start sharing 24/7, you realize how much it really was all about you.  When I was a bachelor, I didn’t have to consult about purchases and no one called me out when I wasn’t sticking to my plan.  I didn’t have to save the last Oreo  or call home if I was going...

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