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- Eulogy for my mother September 18, 2016Harriet 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 →
- Can 4 weeks change the trajectory of a life? October 12, 2015It’s great to discover an opportunity to make what may be a lasting difference in the life of a person who really needs to catch a break. We’ve found one, and we’d like to share it with you. Through an … Continue reading →
- Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address: 150 years ago March 4, 2015March 4, 1865 Fellow-Countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to … Continue reading →
- Resurrection and Grief February 4, 2015My friend and colleague, Chuck, is with his family this week, gathered to bring ease–as best they can—as granddaughter Olivia slips from this life. A Trisomy18 baby, Olivia was born to live in this world briefly, a month-long, difficult prelude … Continue reading →
- Protecting Marriage: Ironic promotional language for a session at the forthcoming NRB Convention January 30, 2015The 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 →
- On Veterans Day: Memorabilia from My Father, the WWII Veteran November 11, 2014My 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 →
- Brett Walls’ Magnificent Journey against Locked In Syndrome and United Health Care Paralysis October 28, 2014CHICAGO — 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 →
- A Milestone Birthday for Debbie Jewell: Celebrating a Life Well Started September 3, 2014When 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 →
- Autopsy Abuse Gets Personal August 13, 2014When race car driver Kevin Ward Jr. was run over and killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart on a track in upstate NY Saturday, we saw self-destructive machismo at its worst. Many think Steward didn’t try very hard to stay clear … Continue reading →
- Shame on you, Ann Coulter August 11, 2014I frequently agree with Ann Coulter’s political commentary, although more often than not I’m put off by her acerbic, often cruel, manner. I don’t appreciate cruelty and personal attacks from the right any more than I do from the left. However, I’m … Continue reading →
- Eulogy for my mother September 18, 2016
Category Archives: Christmas
We relish the soft, airbrushed edges of our Christmases that blend the Middle Eastern night of magi and shepherds overseeing the birth of Jesus in peaceful Bethlehem with Currier & Ives snowscapes, carolers and family festivities. Certainly the shattering of … Continue reading
We watched a Christmas special recently that weaved a tale that would present the ‘real meaning of Christmas,’ which for that screenwriter was “caring for one another.” People of all faiths and traditions may tire of the commercialism that drives modern Christmas, and … Continue reading
John Ralston is gay, an active Christian, and a key character in Americans: The Novel. He is introduced in today’s addition to the online novel: Never lacking in energy or creativity, was a favorite with the children and was also active in … Continue reading
Did you all see this Digital Nativity Story. Clever, and a lot of fun. Check it out
We watched a Christmas special a few days ago that weaved a tale to present the real meaning of Christmas, which for that screenwriter was “caring for one another.” People of all faiths and traditions may tire of the commercialism … Continue reading
This one is a bit less random than this random act and this one, but very creative. The Hallelujah Chorus like I’ve never heard, or seen, it. (Hat-tip to Mom and Dad Payton for sending it).
In 2005 our public relations firm, Rooftop, did media outreach for a client that was providing Christmas gifts to children on the Gulf Coast that had been just been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The innovative project sent a Christmas set … Continue reading
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, put a few more dollars in The Salvation Army kettle this year. Their giving is down significantly because Giant foodstores have cut back the time the Army can ring bells outside their … Continue reading
This one is better than the last random performance of the Hallelujah Chorus. I wish this happened at every mall food court; it would make the trip to the mall bearable.