My Journal

Where I share my thoughts in words.

Why Porn Is a Message About All of Us

I was driving on the West Virginia turnpike when I saw the signs, big letters announcing the presence of an adult store just a few miles up the road. The name was insulting. I was incensed for the prophet Daniel; what do they know about a “lion’s den?” It seems I can...

Ode to Sweet Tea

Ode to Sweet Tea

Some things are sacred in the south – sweet iced tea is one of them. You know how valuable something is by what people will sacrifice for it. I can only imagine how the King’s tea tax smote the heart of our Revolutionary forbears. Their devotion to country cost them...

A Little Piece of Rock

A Little Piece of Rock

Joe fixed his eyes on it as he crawled. A rock jutting up on the beach, a few hundred yards from him. All he had to do was reach it. The men of the 1st Infantry Division, Company B, were floundering toward dry land, kicking, thrashing, coughing, dragging each other to...

Don’t Miss that Glory

Don’t Miss that Glory

She was a widow on this day. 63 years ago. Away from home. In a foreign country. With a preschooler. And all her girlfriends were widowed at the same time. Elisabeth Elliot faced a strange and painful season. And yet, she chose to see it as a season of glory. Glory to...

On a Christmas Eve

On a Christmas Eve

It was the coldest Christmas Eve Janaya could remember. Even without snow. The bitter wind whipping through canvas did not help. Nor did the mud holes into which she frequently sank one of her boots when walking on the road that should have been called a rut. This...

Merry Christmas, Beautiful

Merry Christmas, Beautiful

She was sitting beside the Christmas tree. Her back was to him. Joe slowed his pace, so he could sneak up on her. His ornery streak never would grow up, he supposed. She had a cute knit beanie cap on her head. From the back, she could have been a teenager. But he knew...

Because of Salva

Because of Salva

Westen Black shook his head in disbelief. That hardheaded stallion had gotten out of his stall again. How in the world? He walked over to where the stall door was swinging crazily by one hinge, leaned his arms on the good part of the enclosure and swung his boot at a...

We Have Eternity

We Have Eternity

December 6, 1941 “Wow, you look handsome!” Sam Reed smoothed his dress whites, clicked his heels and saluted for the benefit of his little sister. “Like ’em?” “They’re the bees’ knees!” He reached down to tousle her curls. “Thanks, Bonnie. Now, I just hope I can keep...

Christmas Coffee Break

Christmas Coffee Break

Coffee. She needed coffee. Garner grabbed the pole nearest her as the subway slid into motion and mourned that her coffee hand was empty. Unlike about twenty others crammed up beside her. Seasoned New Yorkers, they were juggling portfolios, attaché cases, handbags,...

High School Reunion

High School Reunion

The trees were burnished gold outside her window. Beyond the road, Jenna could see the cornstalks drying in the late autumn sun. It was a gorgeous October day.       She stuffed another sweater in the suitcase and grimaced as she zipped it shut. Packing light was a...

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