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

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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

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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

Praying Stations of the Cross, a Primer for Protestants

As a protestant, I had heard of the Stations of the Cross but didn't know anything about it until I decided to investigate it this year. The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and… Continue reading Praying Stations of the Cross, a Primer for Protestants

It Is Well With My Soul

Sung in English, Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian Rooted in Christ is a Christian music group from the Northwest with Ukrainian roots. However, they profess their true roots in Christ. The group recorded “It Is Well With My Soul” in English, Ukrainian, Russian, and Spanish a year ago. This rendition of a traditional hymn seems especially appropriate with… Continue reading It Is Well With My Soul