To Follow


I saw two men running at the beach the other morning. The one in the lead was older, wearing a colorful Gilligan-style fisherman’s cap, sunglasses and bright orange shorts. His white t-shirt was soaked with sweat and South Carolina humidity and he was pushing a...

Waves


We’re on vacation this week and it’s my first time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now that I’ve confessed that mortal sin, I feel like maybe we can move on. (For those of you who can’t fathom that there are people in the world who...

Thoughts on Rain


Earlier this summer, we had one week with quite a bit of rain. It wasn’t quite every day, but it rained most of them. Even the days it didn’t rain, the gloom and clouds suggested that it might at any moment. Some days it sprinkled...

“My heart is bigger than my face”


Andrew and I went up to visit with some friends in Boston a few months ago. We needed some father-son hangout time. We played some pool and air hockey in the man cave. I worked on a project with my friend and he played some...

A Bed of Coals


Our family joined with several who gathered together for the fourth of July this year at Camp Ladore in the Poconos. It’s a favorite spot for so many. After a boat ride, an afternoon at the pool and burgers and dogs on the grill, the...

A language like no other


As I wrap up my Newfoundland posts, I thought we’d go lighter. Enjoy a different side of Newfie life. (from a journal entry, May 6, 2017) I was warned. It still took me completely by surprise. Newfoundland speaks English, sort of. They have their own...

A heart like no other


(from conversations and journal entry, May 4, 2017) The Broadway musical “Come From Away” is dedicated to Newfoundland’s response to 9/11. It features events that took place in and around the town of Gander, whose population of 10,000 nearly doubled for 5 days. Dozens of...

A place like no other


(from a journal entry, May 8, 2017) There are only two places on earth, Newfoundland and everywhere else. The Geo Centre in St. John’s says that Newfoundland has the oldest rocks in the world, which could only be evidence that this is the place where...

Terra Nova – Some thoughts from Newfoundland


There’s a rugged, worn beauty here. Worn, but not weakened. The land is tough, but forgiving. The people are very much the same. There’s a harbor in St. John’s that has never been successfully taken by an opposing military force. The harbor itself is tucked...

Some People Are Moving


(Another Open Letter to my friends who are Officers in the Salvation Army.) Dear… Whomever you are, You are all across the country and over the next few weeks you will be getting telephone calls from your bosses. You will be getting calls informing you...