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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...
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...

Just Sayin

The  Halls of Valhalla By Stephen Brown When I was young, skinny and strong I never thought I'd live this long I went off to war when I was called I’ll never forget the things I saw I've seen the worst that men can be and had to wonder how not me When my time...

SoWal Life March 2018

The pause before the Spring By Lauren Catanese Spring is hopping around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the beaches are not crowded just yet. This moment in time before the summer season hits reminds me of how we too...

BILLY

By Sean Dietrich My father’s truck. I was riding shotgun. He was skinny, shirtless, sunburned. Billy Graham was on the radio, preaching like a man with his hair on fire. Daddy didn’t do radio preachers—unless it was Billy. Daddy turned the volume up. His face went still. I’ll never forget...

Sean Dietrich

VALENTINE By Sean Dietrich I’ve seen her climb a mountain. On her birthday. No joke. I was beside her, praying for God to kill me. When we made it back to earth, she was so overcome with emotion all she could say was, “Sumbitch.” To which I agreed, “Sumbitch.” And then we...

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...

Just Sayin

Homeless Vets By Dale Andrews Homeless Vet's, Sidewalk sleeping, under bridges and city streets, tossing and turning, on cardboard mattresses under newspaper bed-sheets, wet, cold, curb black snow dreaming of a cold dumpster, nightmare breakfast, first eaten by first ladies the night before as fine dining. Returning Vet's never whining, or even talking to no one who knows to listen Lost, Forgotten Brave, young...

Career Season

A Career Season By Kirk McCarley What were your New Year’s resolutions?  How are you doing so far?  Maybe it’s work-related because: My job lacks purpose, or There’s no career path, or I just need a job…any job. Most of us enter the full-time workforce sometime around age 20.  If we’re “fortunate”...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

A Pastor’s Ponderings By Rev. Pete Hyde The old car rolled to slow stop at a bleak and abandoned intersection, literally in the “middle of nowhere.”  The driver looked down at his quickly scribbled instructions.  Had he come four miles or five?  Perhaps it was only three because he was paying...

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