A Few Thought About Dying…, And Living

As is the family custom, I went to my mother’s for New Year’s. There was a little work to do around the place, but the real reason I went was for the black-eyed peas and collard greens; another family custom. Actually, it’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck and money throughout […]

Shut Up and Be My Friend

In the past couple of days, I’ve started reading a light-hearted little ditty titled Cancer and Theology, a collection of essays by different authors such as Tony Jones, Brian McLaren and Carol Howard Merritt. I’m less than halfway through and, while I like it, there’s a problem: it’s a rather impersonal. I suppose that’s only natural; while […]

In the Moment

Most people spend their days never having to confront their mortality, only to come to face to face with it in the twilight of their years. I am not one of those people. From the beginning of my career as a firefighter, each shift carried with it an awareness that I might not go home in […]