Thankful to Know God

Thankful to Know God

Happy Thanksgiving, Kids! I inherited from Mimi & Pa this Nelson Deluxe Family Reference Bible (King James Version). Pa received this retirement gift from his Marion Laboratories associates and their spouses, with whom Mimi & Pa had developed very close friendships. I will cherish this Bible, because it demonstrates how...Read more
Back to LIFE

Back to LIFE

Good morning, Kids. Today’s reading reminded me of a statement Caleb made to me this past spring. Caleb, you said, “Dad, you’re in a better place today.” You were obviously referring to my spiritual (including mental & emotional) condition, because you followed up your statement with a challenge to get...Read more
It Was Good for the Soul

It Was Good for the Soul

Happy Labor Day, Kids! The excitement of a group of kids grabbed my attention, so I paused before exiting the gift shop. They rushed to the counter, and, leaning over, they scanned each monitor hanging on the wall looking for that snapshot, an image taken in the blink of an...Read more
Freedom Is In the Water!

Freedom Is In the Water!

Happy Independence Day, Kids! Americans died for the freedom celebrated today. More importantly, Christians died for the freedom they celebrate every day, freedom that is in the water. I watched the entire 1st season of “The Chosen.” It is a new TV series that is truly worthy of binge watching....Read more
Stop & Have a Catch!

Stop & Have a Catch!

Happy Father’s Day, Sons! Colm & Caitriona Kirwan had just performed their song, “Stop,” and I shouted from my bar stool, “Record it,” over the enthusiastic applause from their loyal fans at McNamara’s in Nashville. And, I believe their reply (which I could barely hear over the applause) was, “We’re...Read more
The Chairs of Prayers

The Chairs of Prayers

Happy Mother’s Day, Daughters! While we were dating, one of the kindest things your mother(-in-law) did for me was actually something she did for Mimi (fixing me Gramma Kemp’s chicken & dumplings was very kind too). It was this beautiful needlework of a personal message that we gave her on...Read more
He Taught Me the 4 Ps (+1)

He Taught Me the 4 Ps (+1)

Happy Easter, Kids! This picture of Pa & I with Coach Dick Birmingham was taken at the 20-year reunion of our 1979 two-time state champion baseball team. We gathered together again 15 years later at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and no, I wasn’t inducted into the Hall of...Read more
Hope Has Helped Me Cope

Hope Has Helped Me Cope

Good morning, Kids. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been almost five years since we lost Mimi & Pa, and oh, how my life changed five years ago. But, thanks to them, I survived because of a solid foundation of hope that has helped me to cope. I’m thinking...Read more
What’s Written on Your Heart?

What’s Written on Your Heart?

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kids! Today’s reading reminded me of how my friends and I celebrated Valentine’s Day back in elementary school. I remember making mail boxes (complete with Valentine’s Day decor) and signing, sealing, & delivering a handful of Valentine’s Day cards (in a manner that would make any Postmaster...Read more
Let’s Be LAL This Year

Let’s Be LAL This Year

Happy New Year, Kids! That’s right, let’s be LAL this year, and that is learning, alert, & loyal. It would be good to be LOL too (laughing out loud or lots of love). Peter concludes his second letter by saying, “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard...Read more