In a World Dry as Kindling

Dear Kids, As you might have noticed, we were born in America.  We come from families with a long history of working hard to beat the odds, of excelling in all kinds of jobs—or not, as the case may be.  We have drinkers and pirates and politicians and scalawags, artists, creators, teachers, and pastors lining…

One Small Prayer

platitude, noun:  a remark or statement (especially with moral content) that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.  Cliché. It has happened a hundred times.  At gravesides, hospital beds, over coffee.  Tears are falling, someone is looking for answers. He won’t be with us much longer.   I’m going to lose the…