Tag Archives: Connections

I’ll Stand Up for You

I’ll stand up for you In the pouring rain Shower you with hope Take away your pain   I’ll stand up for you In the darkest hour Take your fear away Help you see your power   Hold your head … Continue reading

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“Circle of Gold”

On December 30, 1972, I married my best friend, Nancy Fender. She put a gold ring on my finger as we pledged to love and honor one another as long as we both lived. January 17, 2013—forty years, eighteen days, … Continue reading

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“All the Things That Matter”

The spaces between Grains of sand Snowflakes Stars Hearts   Infinite nothingness holding together Castles Angels Worlds Life   How different yet the same those spaces: Dark Light Vacant Whole   Out of emptiness— Hope Joy Peace Love   All … Continue reading

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“Shaving”

We shaved together this morning—my grandfather, my father, and I—smiling at one another in the mirror of memory. I dragged the razor through the foam, up under my chin; then looked down to rinse away three days’ stubble. “You missed … Continue reading

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“I See You”

I think the first time was very brief. The fall killed me soon after. Rushing in at the huge, hairy beast, trying to goad him over the killing cliff, I dodged a flailing trunk and myself went over the edge … Continue reading

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“It’s a Man’s World”

In the last month I decided to purchase a vacation home in Summit County, Colorado. On-line I viewed properties and contacted a real estate agency. A woman (whose name I can’t remember) at Slifer, Smith and Frampton put me in … Continue reading

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“Redundancy”

Every year (for the last 40+) at about this time I have had the same thoughts and emotions. It’s an occupational hazard for teachers of high school students, especially those who have been as fortunate as I have been. For … Continue reading

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“Heroes”

I grew up with heroes. They were all around me. Oh, sure. I read about Superman, Batman, Thor, Green Arrow, Submariner, Aquaman, The Flash, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and all the rest of those guys, and got to watch some … Continue reading

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“What Goes Around…”

A week ago I spent a fine spring morning skiing Breckenridge. It was sunny and warm, and I was already tired and a bit sore from hitting the slopes pretty hard the day before at Keystone. By noon on Friday … Continue reading

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“It’s All Greek to Me”

Forty-four years ago I surprised all sorts of people when I joined Tarkio College’s first national fraternal organization.  Yep.  I’m a “frat boy” (and I detest that term).  Everyone who knew me expected me to go through life proudly wearing … Continue reading

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