Ain’t They

To the best of my remembrance, he was a merchant marine sailor, getting older, who was on shore leave and staying with his niece and her family. His niece and her husband held a bible study at their home once a week, and he was there. During most of the study he had been very quiet. In fact, it was

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Up in the Air

This week marks the passing of one of my all-time heroes: Bill Russell. I came to know about Mr. Russell during the years he played for the Boston Celtics. He was a force of nature. The games he played against Wilt Chamberlain were true tests of courage and fortitude. After the end of his playing days (he coached for a

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Holding On

For much of the time I have been writing these short essays, I have focused on the serendipity which seems to me to be inherent in our lives. The unexpected, the accidental happen to us all the time, and more so working with something like wood. Still, there is a whole other side of my work that centers on discipline.

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