Choose Happy

The first base coach waved her on. He shouldn’t have. This was T-ball after all. Sara slid into second — but not the way you are supposed to slide in baseball. More like a baby duck on ice. She scraped her left leg and right hand. Her next time at bat, Sara...

I need a lexicon

I think I need a lexicon. Back in grade school, it was third maybe fourth grade, a teacher had us keep one in a spiral bound notebook. Mine was red. The first line of Saying 15 has two words that would be included in mine. Saying 15 Do not let your heart envy sinners,...

We Didn’t Spank

Kaitlyn’s crib converted into a toddler bed. It almost filled the tiny den that served as her room when we lived in Texas. She couldn’t have been older than 3 because that’s when we moved back to Indiana. One day, Tricia found her standing with her nose in the corner....

It will be hard.

This blew my mind. Try to say the color of the following words, not what the letters spell but, the color itself. red purple green blue orange yellow blue orange red yellow purple green orange green blue purple red yellow yellow blue purple orange red purple That was...

We All End Up Orphans.

Something changes when a parent dies. Age doesn’t matter so much. At least that’s what the other orphans told. I was over 40. I couldn’t hear them. I’m a pastor and funerals are part of the gig. This funeral was for my dad. I stayed with the casket as they lowered his...

Sucker Punch

I started my freshman year in High School with a massive overbite. My orthodontist made me wear a bionator. It made me spit when I talked. My spitting offended someone, or he was just trying to impress a girl. Either way, as I stood at the bus stop he sucker punched...