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I’m Your Huckleberry ~ 8-31-11

The question the young man asks himself regarding love is this: What is love really; the desire to possess someone; or the desire to set them free? Having no knowledge of love—having never experienced it—he concludes there is something frightening about love; something wild and uncontrollable; something that cannot be constrained by logic. And, in the end, he concludes it must be set free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dearest John:

This a short excerpt (Chapter 2, actually) of a novella I wrote, but did not publish, about ten years ago. The story is what I imagine could become of us if we continue down the path we now tread. Tyranny has been subtly stalking us for many years but is now charging full speed, and with rabid determination. As with the woman in my story, we lovers of freedom and liberty may be left wondering if perhaps it would have been better had we not awoken from our slumber. In my opinion, that would only be true if we die in our sleep. JMHO

Dearest John:

woman and lighthouseThe woman stood alone, the sparkling sand cool on her bare feet, watching the ship approach. While her heart yearned that it be real, she knew it could not be. It appeared ancient, though its white sails stood in sharp contrast to the dawn sky. The sun was rising and it caused the sails to glow as though they were lighted by florescent tubes; pristine blue waters shimmered in its glow. The lighthouse at the tip of the isle, she knew to be real, though she wondered if its purpose had changed. She thought it to be a guardhouse these days, and below it she assumed were barracks where the men were kept. She could hear them singing in the deep of night; always the same song; always low and reverent in tone. She prayed that was where they’d taken John. She prayed he was still alive. She prayed for Amazing Grace.

The fence which divided the island was tall and electrified; generators ran day and night to supply power to the island. The women on this side were allowed to roam free, and ventured often to the fence in hopes they might glimpse, even for a moment, one of the men they listened to each night. They saw no sign of life and agreed among themselves the men were never allowed outside.

A tear slipped down her cheek; the gown she wore rustled in the breeze, and the worn piece of paper she held in her hand fluttered, as well. She looked down at it, wondering would her husband’s eyes ever read the words she’d written upon it:

Dearest John: I awoke as the last of them was leaving. He turned and saw me staring, and I wonder had I not stirred and lifted my head, if they would they have left me there, to find you gone when later I opened my eyes. I have not been  nor have I been harmed nor mistreated in any way. We are kept in comfortable rooms on this island. There are men on the other side. We hear them singing at night. I pray you are there. I pray you are safe. I know you are still alive. I can feel you. Were you gone, I would know. If this note finds its way to you, please, know I love you. They asked me one day if I would die for you. I said yes, and they laughed. but I will if it comes to that. The guard is coming now! I must go!

P.S. – I am not afraid.

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It’s Just What We Do

I often find myself watching people as they hurry here and there, and it amazes me to contemplate how many people are scurrying about on this planet at any given time. And it no longer stops at night; our planet has become a 24/7 world that never stops. It might slow down, but there is almost always activity, no matter the time of day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 8/31

August 31

            This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.   1 John 4:9

            Nothing we do will cause God to love us any more than He does. His love is the ultimate love, and He showed it when, knowing we could never gain salvation on our own, He sent Jesus to cover our sins. If we will be still and contemplate the extent of God’s love for us for just a few moments at the beginning of each day, I believe proceeding into the day will become much easier. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Your Huckleberry ~ 8-30-11

I have always been a rebel at heart; if I was told I had to do something, my first reaction was, “No, I don’t.” My second reaction was, all too often, to go the other way. I don’t know why I was (still am to a degree) like that, but that was (is) me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Killin’ Time!

Another story from my logging days has been stuck in my head all these years. The hook tender on this occasion was a guy who’d been dubbed, “Killer.” He was about five-foot-six, and weighed probably two hundred pounds, and most of those pounds were rock-hard muscle. He was known throughout the Mt. Rainier area as a street-fighter you didn’t want to tangle with. Naturally, none of us on the crew gave him any lip. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 8/30

August 30

Dear friends let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

This verse is again saying quite simply God is love. All love comes from God, and if we love God, we are born of Him—chosen by Him—and we know Him. In short, we love God because He first loved us. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’m Your Huckleberry ~ 8-29-11

Just so y’all don’t get the wrong idea, Mom wanted me to be sure and tell you she is not perfect! In fact, she said she thinks I make up a lot of the stuff I write about her. Well, that ain’t so, but I might embellish the stories a bit every now and then. But hey! That’s what writers do, ain’t it? Make stuff up! Read the rest of this entry »

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That’s What I’m Talkin’ ‘Bout!

When I was in high school, Mom worked various jobs; I remember once, she even worked in the lettuce fields, cleaning lettuce. The thing is; I know the only reason Mom worked at all was so we could have all the things we couldn’t have afforded otherwise. But recently, I realized there was more to this than meets the eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 8/29

August 29

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:7

Ah, the peace of God. Can you even grasp the complete meaning of such a concept as total peace? It’s one of those things that seem to always be just beyond my reach. But it’s there; it’s available to us, and I want it! Read the rest of this entry »

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