Category Archives: Hope

Hindsight At The Beginning

In the first weeks after becoming a young widow, with three young sons, I had many mornings, days and nights that I pondered how I was to make it alone. How in the world could I support these kids? How … Continue reading

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Majesty & Radiance

Publisher’s Note: This post begins a bit intellectually, but the story at the end emerges from a very sweet conversation I had on the suicide hot line. Funny, how the cost of a ball can lead me to thoughts of … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Define Me

I was always happy with the way things were in my life. I was really close with my family, I had a handful of good friends, I did well in school, I had a strong faith, I was very involved … Continue reading

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Doubt

Sometimes your answers to life aren’t as well hidden you might expect them to be. Indeed, these are the ones that you follow with your actions. That can be troubling to those who might expect something to be conjured where it’s lacking, … Continue reading

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I Wish I Could Help More

Publisher’s Note: The Author of this beautiful piece lost his son to suicide just over two years ago. I am inspired by he and his wife. They are healing, albeit slowly. They remain strong…they are supportive of one another…and they … Continue reading

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Life is Like a Big River

Publisher’s Note: Below is an amazing story of survival, hope and strength. It comes from a student I taught in the late 1970s. It shows how lives that are very difficult can turn out beautiful…and points to the importance of seeking … Continue reading

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An Angel in Disguise

When my daughter Ashley was born in 1980, I was one proud father—for about an hour. That’s when the doctor who delivered her walked up to me as I was admiring Ashley. The doctor said “Al, I think we have a … Continue reading

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Hope Comes in the Morning

There are times in our lives that never seem to end. The world is darkness. Cries to God bounce back unanswered. There is no light at the end of the tunnel, and no hint of a way out. We have … Continue reading

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My Beautiful Butterfly

I was born on a cold December morning to two thankful and love-struck parents. I was born at the start of a new beginning. My family suffered through a few hardships before I came around that I will never feel … Continue reading

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Memorial Remarks on September 11, 2011

The following are my remarks on September 11, 2011 just prior to lighting luminaria for those who died ten years earlier. Thank you Mayor Schielke In his poem “This Being Human is a Guest House” Rumi suggested the following: This … Continue reading

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