On September 17, 2012, God opened a door for me to become a hospice chaplain. When I am asked to define what hospice is, I now answer, “Hospice is choosing the angels who will walk you home.” I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people who walk with people every day. It is never an easy job, but it is rewarding in some unbelievable ways. In order to mark this first anniversary, I would like to share some of the stories we have experienced that have touched my life. Continue reading
The first time I saw it I was 6. He turned his left wrist over and there it was! A long, straight scar with eight “dots” where the stitching had been. It didn’t scare me. At six, I thought it would be a cool “Show and Tell” topic. Since I didn’t go to kindergarten like some in my class, I was glad to make friends with the boy with the scar. He said his name was John David Pollard (like the NFL player John David Crow). Continue reading
One of my favorite smells is the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. Although I only drink one cup of coffee a day, my wife knows how to doctor up that cup just the way I like it. Fortunately, we live in a day when we can have a pot or an individual cup of fresh coffee in a matter of a few minutes. Choose your flavor, add water and push a button. You get the great smell without the wait.
Do you remember when you only had one choice to make: Instant or Percolated? Although instant coffee was quick, it tasted awful! Instant coffee was one of the reasons that I didn’t start drinking coffee until I was an adult. Every day after school, my Mom would invite friends over to drink that instant stuff. Yuck! Continue reading
Most of the time, the pets around our house were predictable choices: cats, dogs and parakeets, things like that. However, when Jennie was in grade school, she decided she wanted a turtle. At first, I did not think this was a bad choice. I remember growing up with those green-and-yellow striped little turtles that we had at home and at school. Of course, keeping one of these turtles meant purchasing a terrarium and a few other pieces of equipment. How much could that cost? Continue reading