Empty Nest

Author's note: Colleen Armstrong from Burlington was a student in my Creative Writing class. She wrote the following powerful story about her struggle with cancer. With an old Betty Crocker cookbook …

Christmas has always been a happy time for me.  I'm sure it's because, as a child, our parents, mostly our mother, made sure it was happy.  Later in life, as an adult, I was surprised to …

When Ginnie's brother, John Harvey, of Jefferson City, Missouri was 31, he was driving home when he noticed there was an image on the left side of his vision.  When he turned his head, the image …

God Wink: those moments we feel touched by God in a unique and unexpected way, as if God were winking at us.  Often chalked up as coincidence by “non-believers,” God Winks are …

On Friday night, November 17, Ginnie and I were so pleased and honored to sit in the audience at the award ceremony for Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) …

It was on Facebook: “Share the albino alligator and you will have good news or money today.”  I don't usually plug into this sort of huff, preferring to trust in God, but I thought, …

I've read all of Walter Isaacson's biographies, like “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” “Leonardo da Vinci,” “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” and …

Oleg Karakash was a seaman from Kiliay, Ukraine.  Where he was from, in the southern Odesa Region, most of the men worked as seamen or in Europe.  The war was in the east, and hadn't …

I knew the book was good.  We were on vacation in a seaside paradise, and all I wanted to do was return to the motel room and read (study) Karoleen Fober's manuscript that she had asked me to …

Leaving the veterinarian's office, carrying Buddy wrapped in a blanket, his head barely peeking out, a person coming into the vet's office said, “Ah, poor Buddy!”  I realized people, …

The sole of my sandal started flapping, then came off all together (which made me limp), while walking to an interstate rest stop in Tennessee.  Well, duh!  People looked at me like I was …

From the first sentence, Each man in the squadron carried, along with a sea chest, his own burdensome story, to the last, Nothing else remains of the ferocious struggle that once took place there, or …

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