Destin

By Sean Dietrich DESTIN, Fla.—I’m in a traffic jam. Standstill. Cars are backed up to the horizon. I am stuck among them, trapped on Highway 98, suffocating within a cloud of blue exhaust and unspeakable misery. We are moving at 0.002 miles per hour. I look out my window and see...

Just Sayin’

Escape Claws Photo by Rhonda C ShaeferFrom the beginning I struggled...

Teacher

By Sean Dietrich I am watching Jeopardy! with an elderly woman who doesn’t know why I’m here because she has Alzheimer’s. We are in a nursing home. She sits in a wheelchair and blurts out answers along with the TV contestants. To be honest, Jeopardy! moves too fast for me. By the...
By. Rev. J. 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...

A Pastor’s Ponderings

Tis’ The Season By Rev. Pete Hyde The Thanksgiving newspaper hit the driveway with what must have been a three-pound-thud because of all the ads.  'TIS THE SEASON!! The Thanksgiving meal was prepared and devoured, leftovers put away, football games were watched, naps taken and strategy laid out for Black Friday.  Christmas decorations...
By Myrna Conrad Many people mistake humility for weakness, passivity or insecurity. However, a humble person is anything but weak, passive or insecure. It takes a person with tremendous inner strength to realize and admit his or her limitations and to live free from the ever-present pull of pride and...
By Myrna Conrad The world was created in and functions through order. We can look at any living organism and see the order that must take place for it to function properly. We can examine any social system and see how order or chaos determines the success or failure of...
By Lauren Catanese Unforgiveness has a way of creeping up on us. One moment your energy is happy, joyful and at peace. Then someone comes around or a certain situation happens and the next thing you notice your mood has completely shifted. Your body might get tense, your smile disappears,...

The Tree

By Sean Dietrich My wife is putting up the Christmas tree and we haven’t even rounded the corner toward Thanksgiving yet. But then, this holiday season can’t arrive quickly enough for us. My wife is ready to get this show on the road. After a long year of sheltering in place,...
By Myrna Conrad Since this is the month of Easter, I want to reflect on and talk about grace. I know there are various definitions of grace. Among them are: “simple elegance or refinement of movement;” “an attractively polite manner of behaving;” and “a period officially allowed for payment of...