Category Archives: Family

An Inheritance for Christmas Future

This was prepared for a 2018 family devotional collection on the theme of Christmas past, present, and future.  The observance of Christmas in Dickens story is the tableau upon which is built a morality play on the consequences of goodness … Continue reading

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Sad to say good-bye so soon

At 9:05 tonight my baby sister, Pamela Jewell Hartung, succumbed to a fast-moving cancer that stripped away her strength, breath and ultimately her physical life. With a final breath of earthly air, she stepped through the portal from this world … Continue reading

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Of note. Oct. 4, 2017

highs & lows observed It is homecoming week at Aurora Christian School, where Diana is a freshman, but their world has been upended by a tragic home going.  Two students were in a  head-on accident returning from a golf tournament … Continue reading

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Of Note, Oct. 2, 2017

  Highs and Lows Observed The Las Vegas shooting was such base, mind-blowing, and as yet unexplained, barbarity. Not that there can be an explanation for such horrid evil. What deep sadness. We speak often of God’s love, for good … Continue reading

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Ernie Payton: The Music Will Never Die

You didn’t have to spend much time with Debbie’s Dad, Lt. Col Ernest Payton (The Salvation Army), to know that his life revolved around music. Whether it was following, along with Joan, the riffs of a Big Band song on … Continue reading

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Eulogy for my mother

  Harriet Louise (Speer) Jewell (January 26, 1927-September 11, 2016) We celebrate through tears the crescendo of a long goodbye We gather here to celebrate our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend; and for the crescendo of a long goodbye. We’ve … Continue reading

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Protecting Marriage: Ironic promotional language for a session at the forthcoming NRB Convention

The headline of a promotional email for a session at the National Religious Broadcasters convention reads: “Protecting Marriage: How to Get the Media Message Right for This Generation.” So how can we explain Protecting Marriage to this generation? (By which … Continue reading

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On Veterans Day: Memorabilia from My Father, the WWII Veteran

My father was a World War II veteran. Veterans of these battlefields of the last century are now bowed men in their eighties and nineties speaking hesitantly about their colleagues and their service a lifetime ago in the killing fields … Continue reading

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Brett Walls’ Magnificent Journey against Locked In Syndrome and United Health Care Paralysis

CHICAGO — Two blocks east of Chicago’s posh Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the spectacular John Hancock skyscraper, sits the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. … Continue reading

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A Milestone Birthday for Debbie Jewell: Celebrating a Life Well Started

When you reach milestones that begin with crooked numbers, it is common to reflect on years gone by and their results. Today we’re celebrating the milestone birthday of a remarkable woman whose 50 years have been time well-spent.  Debra Elizabeth … Continue reading

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