Don’s Column

Old Faithful

(This one is back by popular demand. Last week a group of Dallas friends gathered in Cabin 244 at Bloys Camp Meeting to, once again, gaze in awe upon Old Faithful. Dedicated to those who keep running even when times are tough.) I don’t know how old it is, but I am guessing at least […]

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 Boots are a big deal with the male members of my family. It might be a genetic thing. As a young boy growing up in Tennessee during the 20’s and 30’s, my father loved boots of all kinds. One day after church an older woman asked him, “Walter Lee, are you going to be a […]

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I don’t remember why, but I always wanted to carry the watermelon. My mother always warned me that, if I dropped it, we would not be able to ice it down in my grandfather’s big number 2 tub, and that we would just have to eat it off the ground. Miraculously (as it now seems […]

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Scorching. Stifling. Suffocating. Pick your adjective. Temperatures in north Texas are expected to reach the 109-degree range this week, with the possibility of several record-setting days. Add to that the Saharan dust cloud that has traveled over 5,000 miles to torment those with respiratory issues, and we have a significant meteorological event taking place. I […]

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Myopia: Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness (opposed to hyperopia). lack of foresight or discernment; obtuseness. narrow-mindedness; intolerance. I have a friend who was nearly blinded by a stubborn nail he pulled from […]

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Moral Vision

  My thoughts on this Fourth of July have been centered on the Civil War rather than the war for independence. It was, by far, the bloodiest war in American history. Approximately 620,000 soldiers died, or about 2% of the population. At today’s numbers, that would mean 6 million deaths. It was not just north […]

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again. “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19) We are in a Humpty Dumpty moment, are we not? […]

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The Lizard

  The lizard was dead. My 3-year-old grandson Liam took me by the hand and led me out to the patio to visit the body. He had discovered it earlier in the afternoon. He was neither afraid nor sad but, as is common with children his age, mostly fascinated. This was a totally new experience […]

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The Harvest, PART II

There was quite a response to my annual “wheat harvest” column last week. The best was from my friend and Christ United church member Betsy Hooks, who sent me pictures from the recent wheat harvest near Vashti, Texas. The pictures include members of the Davis family, farmers who have been growing wheat in Clay County […]

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  THE HARVEST Driving through Celina on Tuesday, I saw the rising cloud of dust in the distant sky. Over the past hour, I had driven past thousands of acres of mature, yellow wheat, thinking each time, “When does it begin?” Now, as the next field came into view, I saw the big green John […]

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