A Gift for Lorraine

Okay, my friends, get your kleenex ready. This video tells the story of a 96-year-old man who wrote a song for his recently deceased wife (of over 70 years), and how a local recording studio helped to bring the song to life. Part of what's so cool for me personally is that we share the same anniversary (June 26), although of course they celebrated their golden anniversary three years before Fran and I got married.And be sure to download the song from iTunes (I have). … [Read more...]

John D McColman: Obituary and Reminiscence

First, the obituary...Retired Major John D McColman, USAF, 89, passed from this life in High Shoals, Georgia, on January 15, 2013. A lifelong sportsman and devoted family man, John touched many lives through his quiet but warm personality, dry sense of humor, and compassionate character.John D McColman (his birth certificate simply reads the initial “D” for his middle name, which was intended to be the name of his uncle, Dee) was born on June 15, 1923 in Avoca, Michigan. He entered pilot … [Read more...]

Make-a-Wish 2003

In 2003, following a year of health challenges as Rhiannon experienced bleeding in her esophagus due to her liver disease, she qualified as a Make-a-Wish recipient. Like so many of her peers, she wished for a trip to Disney World. We made our journey to Orlando in November — seven years ago this month.I thought that our pictures from that trip had all been lost when our house was burglarized (and both our computers stolen) in 2008, but this morning I found a number of images that had been s … [Read more...]

My Parents, circa 1978

My brother Donald took these pictures of my Mom and Dad in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, sometime around 1978 (I was in High School at the time). … [Read more...]

Fran and Rhiannon singing at the Friends of L’Arche Atlanta

Here are links to videos of Fran and Rhiannon singing at the Friends of L'Arche Atlanta coffeehouse on June 26, 2010 (our anniversary). I'm sorry I don't have the videos embedded — they're not on Youtube and I can't figure out if there's a way to embed them from the Photoshop website. I'll ask the guy who filmed them to put them on Youtube, and if he does, I'll embed them here. But for now, please just follow the links. They're both great fun, and I'm just as proud as can be. I'll Fly Away ( … [Read more...]

Gotta love those yellow sneakers!

Here's a picture of Rhiannon, David Crowder, Fran, and me, taken last night, just outside the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC, shortly after the David Crowder Band's concert.I'm holding a copy of Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, But Nobody Wants to Die, the book that Crowder wrote with Michael Hogan, one of his bandmates. He, meanwhile, is holding a promotional bookmark for The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I wish I had an actual copy of the book to give him. … [Read more...]

Margery

We have a new member of the family. Her name is Margery and she is a rescue kitten.She's only about seven weeks old, which of course is a bit young to be separated from her mom, but she is already eating solid food and using her box. She was born to a cat that had been abandoned near the monastery (this is a problem — people abandon animals on the monastery land, but the monks are not in a position to care for them); out of a litter of six, two had already disappeared, possibly the victims of c … [Read more...]


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