february 3, 2019

“What we have to be is what we are.” ~ Thomas Merton     Yesterday was Groundhog Day. It was also Hero and Shero’s 56th wedding anniversary. Today, we met for a delicious brunch. Dad liked telling the waitress that this was their one year anniversary. We all laughed, because it was such an obvious lie, as if the twinkle in his eye didn’t give it away on its own.

december 24, 2017

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ~ Colin Powell   Another Christmas Eve has come to the Springridge Lodge and these two crazy kids were sporting their matching UK wear that Santa brought them. Then we ate, and cooked, and ate some more. We watched Christmas movies and watched two flakes of snow fall. That last part didn’t last long. Tomorrow, we’ll enjoy more family festivities, but for tonight, the

october 9, 2017

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie     This is my first cousin Jessica and her husband Eric Stigall. Aren’t they cute? I love their silliness with each other. They’re good people, too, raising equally good kids. We got lucky when we got them in the family.

september 2, 2017

“It’s up to you to find beauty in the ugliest days.” ~ Unknown     It’s mom’s last night at Cardinal Hill. Dad spent the afternoon with her. I said I’d pick him up at dark. I peeped in the window and this was what I found. He’d slept most of the afternoon. When we got to the car I remarked that this had been a long journey. He replied,

august 5, 2017

“Optimism: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster; it’s more like a cha-cha.” ~ Unknown     He virtually ran to her bedside, kissed her, then grabbed her hand and would not let go. I brought him a chair, and in a few minutes, this was what I saw. Both of them were sound asleep, and they stayed that way

august 2, 2017

“Make the most out of your day. It will never happen again.” ~ Sylvia Walters     I took our Hero to see our Shero this evening. He’s the only thing she smiles for. The rest of the time she’s in excruciating pain and nervous about her surgery, which was postponed until tomorrow when all the reconstruction surgeons can be on hand. Keep those good thoughts and prayers coming her

july 6, 2017

“Never. Ever. Ever. Get rid of the desire to climb a tree or run through the sprinklers.” ~ Unknown     I can’t believe how lucky I am. Rod and Diane Rickey came to Lexington and I got to have dinner with them! I can hardly stop smiling.     Diane is opening a frame shop in Tahlequah. When the idea was bubbling to the surface I told her about

february 2, 2017

“Our days are happier when we give people a piece of our heart instead of a piece of our mind.” ~ Unknown     Our super hero power couple celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. Tony Adkins, whom you met just last month, brought them pizza, and peanuts, and a movie at lunchtime. I heard tell the three of them got their bellies full then slept the afternoon away. God bless Tony for

november 14, 2016

The politics of Jesus: Love enemies Serve the poor Welcome refugees Make peace, not war Do justice & love mercy Care for all God’s creation. ~ Nathan Hamm     Well, today didn’t go quite as I expected. Dad had been complaining of his belly burning for a while, but he wouldn’t go to the doctor. That is, until this morning when it was so bad he wanted to go. That