Goodbye, Cold Warrior. Goodbye, Dad.

My Dad and I are standing thirty yards from each other, perfectly still and quiet, on the side of a hill, in a small grove of trees. We are looking intently at each other. But we are not really looking at each other at all. It’s a cold winter day in early 1997. Dad and […]

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Dad Died Today

Friends, My Father passed away about 1 pm this afternoon, here at home. His condition had been deteriorating quickly. But this really caught us all off guard in terms of speed. However, we are all in agreement that this is a blessing. He was not in pain. And he was enough of a control freak […]

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Breath

(Friends: Today, I’m adding some original FB posts to my blog…posts I’ve made about my Dad in recent months…so that they are captured for posterity here…apologies for all these coming through your feed today….but thanks for understanding the need to keep the history…EF) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about breath. Those of you who […]

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Thanks For Listening

(Friends: Today, I’m adding some original FB posts to my blog…posts I’ve made about my Dad in recent months…so that they are captured for posterity here…apologies for all these coming through your feed today….but thanks for understanding the need to keep the history…EF) If I ask you all to read this post, and do nothing […]

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Pete Rose Was My First Hero

I can’t speak to Pete Rose fairly. I suppose I will ask that anyone who feels like they can refrain from doing so here. I know what you’ll say. I don’t need to hear it. You see, Rose was my first and all-time greatest sports hero. To say I worshiped the guy doesn’t come close. […]

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My Eulogy for Rev. William K. McElvaney

As you might imagine, I’ve prayed a long time about what to say today. What can I say to honor a man who was, no joke, my favorite professor in seminary, and later the emeritus pastor of this great church I’ve had the ridiculous good fortune of serving for years? What could sum up all […]

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After The Laughter, The Waves of Dread

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” — Charlie Chaplin That quote has been a favorite of mine for many years. It’s never felt more achingly true than tonight, as I sit here processing the death of Robin Williams. How painful and beautiful to read the spontaneous […]

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Woody’s New Years Resolutions

Even though I’ve made it crystal clear that I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, I’ve reposted these several years on this day just because they’re so awesome. This list is from 1942 and the great Woody Guthrie. Click the pic to enlarge. As I’ve said before, I don’t “do” New Year’s Resolutions. I have […]

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Remembering Dan

Today marks the 6th Anniversary of the death of Dan Fogelberg. To honor him, I’ve uploaded a new mix of the song I wrote in his honor. I won’t wax long about Dan today. Only to say that as each year passes, the gratitude I have for his gift of music grows. Musically, and production-wise, […]

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