GROW: Free Write Day 17

  START   What do you want to be when you grow up?   It’s a commonly-asked question. Children have the best answers, don’t they?   What did YOU want to be when you grew up?   The older I get, the more I realize I never really reach a point when growth ends. Grow up? Of course there’s a time when we become “grown ups”, but even then growth doesn’t end.   As long as life keeps us moving forward, we keep growing   . . . but the health of the “plant” depends greatly on our choices.   What am I still learning today—at age 57?   Listen. Be kind. Be honest with myself. Admit my mistakes, my faults, to myself—and others, when necessary. Give others the ... Keep Reading...

READ: Free Write Day 16

START   I walked into the living room and saw him: 7 years old. Long, lanky legs draped over the recliner.   Book in hand.   Intent, he read. Turning pages. Occasionally grinning.   I remembered some of his earliest days of “reading”. He’d sit on my lap, pointing to images in board books. Later we’d sit together on the couch and read his favorites.   Are You My Mother? Blue Goose Good Night, Gorilla   But now he reads “chapter books” that are years ahead of his age. He has a vocabulary that’s out of this world. He lets those books take him to places he’s yet to see.   Perhaps someday …   His little brother is following suit. He’s in kindergarten and reading books ... Keep Reading...

REMAIN: Free Write Day 15

  START   Walk with me, won’t you?   Up a few steps and through the beautiful antique doors.     We’re in the narthex. See the old saddle rooms on each side?   Up another step and into the beautifully restored sanctuary with its buttery-yellow walls and glossy white woodwork.   The organ pipes may eventually catch your eye over in the right corner, but it’s the cross in the center that draws us in.     The cross always draws . . .   Welcome to First Presbyterian Church — Jefferson City, Tennessee. For the past three years, Renaissance Man and I have been part of this church; part of this family.   Today we’ll celebrate the 150th ... Keep Reading...