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Coping Skills

What’s a Theophany and What’s It Got To Do With Me?

Theophany? So what? And oh, by the way, what the heck is a theophany? Well, in short, it’s a Jesus sighting. Jesus sighting, you mean like Elvis? Ah no, Elvis has left the building—for real--for good. But according to some, many actually, there are a few recorded Jesus sightings in the Old Testament. Mentions of the Son of Man and the Son of God could be examples. But that’s old—older than me, older than dirt old.

So what? So...


Children & Teens

Dogs Go To Heaven, Cat’s, I don’t know

“Here’s your Dad, he wants to talk to you.” And my wife handed me her phone.

“Hi, honey, your Mom told me about Penny.”

“She…kidneys… maybe her numbers… flushing her system, I think, I don’t know.”

Words were short, interrupted with tears and gasps to catch a breath. Davidsons do many things pretty, but crying is not one of them. Crying is hard, breathing is harder—eyes are red, and seeing clearly is harder.

“Oh honey.” Think, surely you have something...


Coping Skills

Completly Stupid and Utterly Pointless

CSAUP is the acronym  for “Completely Stupid and Utterly Pointless,” a 13 mile group run/exercise I participated in yesterday. The mileage is broken into six stops for pushups, cinder blocks, and sit-ups in the sand. Why would thirty or more men, most who rarely run more than four miles do such a thing?

I dunno, ‘cause they asked me? I think as I’m running the last mile leg. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to stay in...


Coping Skills

A Little Bit Of A Sigh Added In

A friend who lost their spouse wrote that after more than a decade, they have happiness and joy but, “it always has a little bit of a sigh added to it.” I like that but remember, it has taken a long time to get to that point. Reaching the top of a mountain, seeing the miles of wilderness, marveling at miracles, and relishing in a "goose bump moment," all make life special.

And now all come with...


General

How the Captain Kept Me Sane

There are all kinds of cereal in this world. Cereal as a force blew up after Will Kellogg turned over-cooked flakes into America’s breakfast staple. What was initially thought as a health food, the fifties and sixties  exploited with sugar. Sugar Pops, Fruit Loops, and Frosted Flakes had their share of followers.

But Cap'n Crunch took it to a whole new level. Tiny rectangles, shaped liked pillows were anything but soft. Hardened sugar crystals cut kid's gums....