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Love with Abandon.

My wife and I have had a few conversations with (4 year-old) Jacob lately about boundaries. He's always running over to strangers in the library, the grocery store, etc. and giving them a hug…and often a kiss (usually on the hand.) While most ladies find him sweet and charming and…

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

                  Today would’ve been my Dad’s 64th birthday, and I miss him. Those of us who have lost close family members know that it’s the big days—holidays, birthdays and the like—that hone the dull edge of our grief into something more sharp…

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                My good friend, Ryan Jennings, lives in Healdton, Oklahoma. Healdton is a small, oil field town that has seen its fortunes run dry and, back in 1984, my dad was called to pastor a small Baptist Church there called Bethel Baptist. I was 11 years old that winter holiday…

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The Fear of Failure

A little over two years ago, after struggling for some time with the loss of my parents, I decided to put the hurt I was feeling to work for me. Specifically, I decided the poetry and some of the short fiction I had been writing in the interim might prove beneficial…

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