Thursday, August 25, 2016
She gave it some thought and came up with at least two other ideas. First, she wanted to go to Red Cloud, Nebraska. Red Cloud, you ask. It is the childhood home of novelist Willa Cather, and Mother has her PhD from the University of Nebraska--but she'd never made it to Red Cloud.
So the wheels were set in motion, and this past weekend, Linda, Mother and I all set out for Nebraska. While there we spent time with my youngest brother Mark and his family, and on Saturday, Mother and I, accompanied by my niece Jennie, hit the road and drove across 150 miles of prairie to Red Cloud.
More about the day itself in another post--for now, I'll simply say it was a big success.
The next day Mother was a little teary. "Well," she said, "I guess that was end of my bucket list."
"No," I quickly reminded her, "there was another trip on the list. You wanted to go to Boston one more time."
Immediately she brightened up. "Boston!" she said, "That's right! You know it's like Jerusalem for me!" And so it is.
So Lord willing, we'll make that trip to the city of baked beans, cod fish and the Red Sox in the coming year.
Bucket lists. It's really never to early to make one--so what's on yours? Dream big! Dream wild! But most importantly, dream now!
(Photo L to R: Jennie, Mother and me on the porch of Willa Cather's childhood home in Red Cloud)
Monday, August 1, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
Today, not tomorrow, today, each and every one of us who are concerned need to write to our representatives in government and say stop dithering. Have the courage to stand up for what's right. Because tomorrow it will be too late for 89 more people. And some of them may be only fourteen
Monday, July 18, 2016
other and the rest of my family, is indeed, a lifelong commitment.
And the clown. I really loved my Dad. So very, very much. And I think he gave me the clown because he and I both sometimes wore masks--in front of each other, and as we faced into the world. But beneath those masks, he and I were much the same. Two souls, trying to work for a better world, a more peaceful world, a more just world, a more faithful world.
None of that is very profound, but it does serve to keep some pretty important things before me every time I sit down at my desk. And after all, sometimes God is found in the details--even in the knick knacks.