November 22, 1963

I know exactly where I was at 2:00 PM on November 22, 1963: climbing the stairway of Shawnee Middle School, moving between classes. Over the PA system came our principal’s somber voice informing us that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. He asked us to pray for the president. Before the … Read more

Help save Once Upon A Crime!

Once Upon A Crime, one of the best independent mystery bookstores in the country, is struggling. Not because of anything they have or haven’t done, but because of on-going street construction that has put a significant damper on customer traffic for a very long time now. I love Once Upon A Crime, a store that’s … Read more

Puerto Rico: A Lesson in Hope

A week ago, I returned from Puerto Rico, where I’d spent the previous week helping to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Almost immediately, my wife and I began preparations for Thanksgiving. It was, to say the least, a disconcerting juxtaposition of events. Puerto Ricans have spent the last year working to recover from … Read more

Puerto Rico, Here I Come!

On Saturday, I leave for Puerto Rico with a group of fellow Methodists. Our mission is to help rebuild three homes destroyed a year ago by hurricane Maria—three homes of the thousands razed by that monster of a storm. There is still so much work to be done to help this island, which is a … Read more