Abandoned Places

I’ve driven Interstate 40, which follows historic Route 66, many times. In the Southwest particularly, there are so many abandoned places—old tourist stops, defunct gas stations, sometimes whole towns. I’ve never stopped to investigate these places, but my son has a great interest in doing exactly this. Yesterday, we visited a couple of these abandoned … Read more

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

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


On our way to Carlisle to be a part of the Celebrate the Book Week, my wife and I stopped at Gettysburg, our first visit to this landmark in a terrible war.  Here I am at the monument erected to the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In the great battle fought at Gettysburg, the 1st Minnesota—or the … Read more