September 12, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus, Amen. Today we remember the tragic and senseless events 21 years ago and wonder how people could be so heartless. How could the human heart—the home of that eternal spark—wreak such havoc. What did people think they could accomplish through such cowardly acts. It is almost like we are still numb from the terrible events a generation ago. At the same time, it seems like they took place just the other day, leaving us horror-filled. Do we still lean on each other for consolation?
September 5, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. For the third Sunday in a row, I mentioned the Chinese proverb (or possible curse), “May you live in interesting times.” The weather has certainly been interesting the last week of August. Dallas had a historic, once-in-a-thousand-year rain, and the temperatures of the hottest month for Texas have been in the 80s, while other parts of the country are getting our usual triple digits. The possibility of rain has been in the forecast almost every day.
August 29, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. We just finished an unusual week of weather here in East Texas. Gone were the dry, dusty days and triple digit temperatures. Instead, we had substantial rainfall and high temperatures only in the 70s and 80s. Except for a few flooding issues in our area, it was a nice break from our normal summer. High school football is in the air, and all the Shelby County teams that played on Thursday and Friday won! Happy faces come Monday morning.
August 22, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. It is Saturday afternoon, and the strangest things are happening: The Cubs just tied the ballgame with the Brewers and it’s raining. [Update: The Cubs won, making 5 in a row, we got almost two inches of rain!] Saints be praised. The temperatures are moderate for August, and we are supposed to get rain for the next few days. Yeah! My wonderful dogs, Gunter and Sam, act like they want to go for a walk, but when they get on the front porch and realize it’s raining...full stop!
August 15, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. School buses are running, and kids are back in school. It is a hot August with temperatures maybe reaching 105 this week. So things are back to normal. Sue and I only got a fraction of an inch of rain this past week, but maybe we will be luckier this coming week—and even that fraction had us celebrating. I had my 70th birthday Friday. That idea seems so strange until I look in the mirror, and an old guy looks back. I had a really nice birthday with all kinds of cool presents and calls from my kids.
August 7, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. When Gunter, Sam, and I went to the park for our walk Saturday, I saw many wet spots and felt the unfamiliar dampness of the grass. I think it must’ve rained just a little bit. I kept hoping we would get some real rain, but no luck. At least we’ve lost the triple digits: You know it is really hot when the temperature not quite reaching a hundred seems like a good thing. I imagine we still have a month or a month-and-a-half of super hot weather.
August 1, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother, Jesus. If you like really hot weather, blue skies, and bright sun, then you are loving our weather here deep in the heart of Texas. I know, though, that July and August are just part of not having snow and ice on the ground for days and weeks at a time. I have made some adjustments in my schedule. I get up early and head to the Joaquin City Park with my four- legged friends, Gunter and Sam. I walk my two miles, and they run free.
July 25, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother and our teacher, Jesus. Amen. Last week I mentioned in my article how oppressive the heat has been. Then this week, on Thursday and Friday, Sue and I got 2 inches of rain in downtown Joaquin! On Friday, the temperature didn’t get out of the seventies until the afternoon. Oh, what a relief it was! It has been a nice break not having to water my gardens, fruit trees, and shrubs. But it is, after all, summer in Texas, so I know what we are in for. I sure hope the electric grid holds and the AC keeps working.
July 11, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother and our teacher, Jesus. Amen. I didn’t have an article or newsletter last week, as my little dog Sam and I went to see family in Dallas. I stayed with my daughter, and my son drove down from Denton. He took home a car full of stuff from his growing up. I don’t know how he did it, but he got all the bags, boxes, and tubs in his car. The three of us had a nice dinner together in between.
June 29, 2022 - Grace and peace from our brother and our teacher, Jesus. Amen. Summer is officially here as of last week: In downtown Joaquin, we got our first summer shower Sunday. It wasn’t much of a rain producer, but we will take what is given and be thankful. My phone says we are in for a week of cooler temperatures, only in the low and mid-nineties. Add to that the promise of lower humidity, and we all may be ready to venture out. I got up early Monday morning for my walk in the park with my canine companions, Gunter and Sam.