• Holidays

    Veterans Day 2019

    A Soldier doesn’t choose the battle, the circumstances, or the timing of their service, they simply choose to serve. When asked, they agree to do whatever is necessary to defend our country. At every era of our history, whether they were farmers, or computer programmers, they put their futures on hold, to secure one for us. Today is far more than a Monday in November. It’s a celebration of the lives of those who believed in our freedoms. This day, let us take the time to imagine what they must have faced. Their Thanksgiving, and Christmas, weren’t filled with the festivities you and I are blessed to enjoy. Many times,…

  • Holidays,  Short Stories,  Thanksgiving

    Franklin Serves Thanksgiving

    “That He ought to be worshiped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving. “But that the most acceptable service of God is doing good to man. “And that God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.” Those words were written by Benjamin Franklin concerning the act of Thanksgiving, and the importance of gratitude. I had always remembered this from my school days, but this year it hit me all over again. I was dressed as Benjamin Franklin, Hugh was Abraham Lincoln, Juan was George Washington, and Sam was, well Uncle Sam. When we were recruited for this, I never expected we would be cooking in character, but here…

  • Holidays,  Short Stories

    The November Mercantile Flour Company

    I’m Mandy Rojas, let me tell you about my and Carl’s Thanksgiving adventure. I needed a new angle to write about concerning Thanksgiving. I had written about the turkey. I had written about the dressing, the parade, the side dishes, the football. Did I mention that I had written about the turkey? One year, I wrote a series, the 12 Turkeys Of Thanksgiving, with a different article and recipe for each.  That was when I was just getting started as the Detroit Sentinel’s Special Event Expert.  When I had been tricked into agreeing to take that job, I was thinking Weddings, and Museum openings. Carl Mallory had neglected to mention…

  • Holidays,  Short Stories

    Coach Flay’s Play – A Football Story

    Coach Flay drank his coffee. He had won two college championships, and three Super Bowl rings. One as a quarterback, two as a Coach, but today was his most important game ever. He may win a fourth, the way the team was playing this year. None of that was on his mind. Today he’d be carrying something much more important than a trophy. The quarterback handed him the package, it was more slippery than the ball in the winter game against San Francisco back in the day. He couldn’t fumble this one, and he didn’t. Though the little guy did squirm all the way to the car seat. His little…

  • Holidays

    Happy Birthday Dad!

    Before Stepping Stones, before the song Our God Provides For His Own, I remember hearing my Dad sing Lilly Of The Valley, and I’m A Poor Poor Rich Man. I also remember Stroll Over Heaven With You. No he didn’t write those last three I mentioned, but his voice made them his own. Whether it’s a song your write, or one you sing well, people tend to define singers and songwriters by the songs they sing. I confess Dad’s songbook never strays far from my mind when I picture him. That’s because music wasn’t only something Dad did in front of people, it’s part of who he is. The titles…

  • Announcements,  Holidays,  Inspirational Collections

    Ten Years

    In another year ending in 9, a girl named Dorothy, and her dog Toto, were trying to find home. A boy named Bruce was trying to find peace. With a gray outfit, and a black thing over where his heart should be, you might say he was a tin man. Lastly, that year was when the first Little League game was played. In 2009, two people familiar with those above, thanks to their own colorful, and wonderful group of friends, married each other. Along the way, the guy got his girl, and her little dog too. This year, we got our own Little Leaguer, though he’s not yet old enough…

  • Holidays,  Inspirational Collections

    Our Founding Fathers

    A soldier, two inventors, a former tutor, and men with stars in their eyes, made up our Founding Fathers. Men who saw a need, and despite the personal cost, and an uncertain outcome, they chose to fight for what they believed in. They undertook tasks they had never attempted, and succeeded. Because they succeeded, others pursued their dreams. Proving that liberty was not only worth pursuing, but a sacred duty, to work towards. America’s fighting spirit, her quest for freedom, and our hope for a better life, was born in the hearts of these men. We talk a lot about the 4th of July, but these men rolled up their…