Information Please…

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used [...]

The Voice

I believe all of us have heard a voice, perhaps “The Voice.” The Voice may or may not have sounded like the one in Field of Dreams. It may have been a voice we recognized; it may have been a family member, it may have been a woman or a man, but we have all [...]

Precious Little Time

The man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door. Daddy, may I ask you a question?” “Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man. “Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?” “That’s none of your business! What makes [...]

Patience

My mother was dying of leukemia. My two older sisters, father, and I had shared the last three weeks in the hospital room with her. In two years, she had gone from a strong matriarch to a helpless invalid. For the last three days, she had been in a semi-conscious state of moaning and lifelessness. [...]

Encouragement

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. [...]