What do hotel pool alligators eat?

I might as well admit it: I am one tired alligator. My three grandkids and I were paddling around in a hotel swimming pool when my oldest granddaughter, the six-year-old beautiful Queen Alexandria, decided that I should be an alligator. The other two, the four-year-old magic faerie princess and the almost two-year-old handsome elf prince, […]

Crowing roosters, chiming bells and change

I woke up in my Key grandparents' old house in Robert Lee, Texas, this morning. My maternal grandparents had the good sense to live here all of their lives. A couple of times a year, for over thirty years, my brothers and I have gathered here, a gaggle of pastoral Shelburnes somewhat off-duty. I like […]

Easter means hope is always realistic forecast

It's the evening of a beautiful Easter Sunday as I write. And I must admit being surprised. My surprise is nothing compared to the amazement of Mary Magdalene and those with her who very "early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark," went to the tomb, found the stone rolled […]

Christ-followers need to be cross-bearers, not consumers

We stand this moment on a holy threshold, waiting to enter into the joy of the resurrection. Easter is almost here! Almost, but not quite. I understand the dangerous and common temptation to leap-frog over Good Friday's pain and suffering, but before we enter into the joy of the resurrection, we need to focus on […]

Paradox a full gift for one and all

The greatest gift ever given to me, the most intimate and personal gift I've ever received, was the gift given to everyone, not just me. That greatest gift was given to everyone who has ever breathed, to multitudes who no longer breathe, and to untold millions who've yet to take their first breath. It was […]

Notes from the church lady: Blessings come from listening to God

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Mark and I are blessed to have a very sweet little dog with a great disposition. Usually she is a very obedient little dog that listens to commands especially to come, that is until she gets around the […]

Birthdays – March 13

Blea Madison Jean Blea will turn one on March 16. She will be celebrating her birthday with family and friends. Her parents are Hallie Ferguson and Steven Blea. Her grandparents are Joseph and Veronica Blea, Cynthia and Rick Acker of Tucumcari and Richard and Vicki Ferguson of Estelline, Texas. Her great grandparents are Gilbert and […]

Everybody seems to be “reaching out”

Maybe it's just me, and perhaps a few of the other old fossils, the English majors, the "arts and humanities" types that our society keeps around as pitiful and withered relics of a bygone time when folks cared as much about the "why's" of life as the "how's," when asking questions about the direction of […]

One needs not be Catholic to pray for Pope

Well, color me surprised! I went home at noon to get a sandwich; what I got was a ringside seat at a historical moment. I don't need 24-hour news, and I think our world and our society in particular would be better off without the endless repetition. We talk too much anyway. But I'd flipped […]

Where does the white goes when the snow melts?

Ah, we're snowed in today, and I love it! I am a snow man, no doubt about it. Not the abominable kind, I hope. Just the very ordinary kind. ("Snow person" might have been clearer, but that would be dangerously close to the politically correct ravaging and neutering of the English language evidenced by such […]