Lovebirds Post Script

My mother passed away the day before what would have been their 66th wedding anniversary. Seems to me that theirs is a lovebird story. James Madison Ragland (1931-2021) and Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland (1936-2022) Celebrating Their Lives A Final Memory My last photo with my mother was taken less than a month before her death.… Continue reading Lovebirds Post Script

In Memorium

Feature photograph courtesy of Ancestry. com. Clockwise from the lower right corner: Debora Ann Ragland Buerk, Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland (my mother), Bessiel Lola Beach (my great grandmother),Margie Violet Dunn (my grandmother). In MemoriumMy MomPeggy Ann Scoles Ragland1936-2022 Peggy Ann Scoles Ragland Death is Nothing at All Death is nothing at allI have only slipped… Continue reading In Memorium

Be Thou My Vision

Here & Now

An Irish Blessing

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Lovebirds

love·bird [ˈləvˌbərd] noun.1. a very small African and Madagascan parrot with mainly green plumage and typically a red or black face, noted for the affectionate behavior of mated birds. 2. informal (lovebirds)  an openly affectionate couple.Oxford Dictionary Lovebirds You’re probably wondering why I would bring up the subject of Lovebirds outside of Valentine’s Day. Well, let… Continue reading Lovebirds

What’s In a Name

THEN My family tree reaches back to a castle in Wales bearing my surname, Ragland, dating back to the 1300s with my 17th great-grandfather. One of the Sir Raglans was injured in the Battle of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War (1853-1856). To accommodate Raglan’s amputated arm, his tailor fashioned a different sleeve style.… Continue reading What’s In a Name

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Wonder is the precondition for all wisdom.” Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer Christian Wiman Eight years ago, Christian Wiman, a well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the challenging years since and completed in the wake… Continue reading Quote