Cast Iron Values

I’ve had my eye on a 9 quart, Lodge Dutch Oven for quite a while. I bought it today with Christmas gift money from my parents. And I got a great deal on it at our local hardware store. Because it’s cast iron and will last hundreds of years, it’s possible one of my great, great, great, etc., grand children will use it, too. Lodge Cast Iron is the oldest family-owned, family-operated cookware foundary in the United States. Located in South Pittsburg, TN, Lodge has made cast iron cookware for more than 100 years. In a February 2, 2005 article, “Skillet Sense”, the Chicago Tribune compared six skillets ranging from the $12 Lodge Cast Iron skillet to the $160 Viking Professional 7-Ply. You can find the article on the Lodge website. The...

The Home of God is with Man

The home of God is with men, and he will live among them. We all have moments which sparkle in our experience of life. These incredible events, impossible to forget, overwhelm us with sheer joy. You pop the question and she says, “Yes!” You’re named Employee of the Year. Your dad says, “I love you,” and you know without doubt he means it. You watch with big-eyed astonishment as your own baby inhales her very first breath. And then you laugh with giddy tears when she lets go with her very first cry. You sit with your children beneath twinkling stars on a cold, clear, dark night, a cold night … but you’re warm. Or, after decades together, your husband looks at you with misty eyes because he loves you more now that ever. The light...

Some Day I’ll Write a Book …

Some day I’ll write a book. It will begin like this: When it was my chore as a child to clean the kitchen after supper I would set the biggest pots in the sink and fill them with soapy water. In my little hands they were unweildy and difficult to manage. I knew after my Mom heard me say the magic words, “these need to soak”, I could walk away and trust her to clean the big pots. Tonight I remembered this bit of childhood while standing in the kitchen. My wife had cleaned up after supper. I found three large pots filled with water sitting in the sinks. Difficult for her to manage, I know “they need to soak”. I smiled, grabbed the dish detergent and sponge, scrubbed the pots and dried them. With my hands in the hot water, I realize the...

Finally! A Personal Blog!

Welcome. I’ve blogged for years, but never just for myself.  Now I will. You may or may not appreciate all you read here.  I know you may often disagree with me. That’s good. Occasionally, I want to write something that will not fit neatly into one of the other blogs I maintain.  I’ll put it here. But don’t expect a theme.  And in terms of frequency, it will be hit or miss.  From Theology to Vista complaints, from growing roses to nonprofit leadership to what I think about business, politics, etc., this is where I’ll touch base and write what I wish. Enjoy!

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