By Rev. Pete Hyde He sits at the bar slowly turning his wedding ring only stopping to reach for the drink sitting in a pool of condensation and melted ice.  The words race through his mind. “What happened ?  How did I end up here? I thought I had it...

Sean of the South

A CHRISTMAS STORY By Sean Dietrich This was the old world. The only thing worse than being a pregnant adolescent, was being one in a small town. This is not my story, I just wrote it down. It was told to me by a preacher. His name was Jacob, but people...

Sean Dietrich GOOD

GOOD By Sean Dietrich It’s early. I am on the road this morning. I stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s. I know the food’s not good for me, but Egg McMuffins and I have a long history. There’s a man here with his daughter. They’re in the booth behind me. He talks to...
A Lotus Life by Lauren Catanese We all have been given an incredible opportunity. A chance to create, build, manifest, dream, achieve, heal and grow. We have been blessed with the sensational and magical gift of life. What will you do with yours? At the end of the day it...
A Lesson From Bob Gibson: Facing Tough Competition By Kirk McCarley Having spent the better part of this millennium in St. Louis I became an avid follower of the Cardinals. Time spent at the current Busch Stadium and its predecessor was a slice of baseball heaven. St. Louis boasts one of the...

Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air By Lauren Catanese Love is in the air! Can you feel it? It starts in your face with a smile, then flutters down to your heart. It opens up space for the light to come in and the joy to fill you and your world! It’s...
By Rev. Pete Hyde The mid-morning crowd at the Café Du Monde was lined up outside the door.  We took our beignets, buried in powdered sugar, to a park bench overlooking the Mississippi River. It was a beautiful, crisp morning. I turned away from the view of the river to look...
By Rev. Pete Hyde There was something different about that particular morning.  When I awoke, I could not put my finger on it, but something was different, something was missing.  As I got ready to face another day, I dismissed the wonderings and went about my day, soon forgetting about...
In few arenas is contentiousness more prevalent than in politics. I was heartened to read this piece in Time magazine, where U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) shared, “I’m grateful for the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who taught me that the bonds of friendship are stronger than any partisan pull. When...

SOUTHERN BELLES

 By Sean Dietrich Her words were a trip backward on the timeline. Suppers on church grounds, childhoods with calloused feet. Chicken pens,...

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