The Riddle of the Sphinx

The monstrous Sphinx in Greek mythology posed this riddle to all travelers who entered or left the city of Thebes, “What has one voice but goes on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three in the evening?”  The king of Thebes declared he would give his kingdom to anyone who solved …

A Unique Stocking Stuffer

Carl and I have been friends for a dozen years or so.  During that time, I helped him write and manage the website for his homeless shelter in Tucson.  Earlier this year, Carl found his way to Prescott, Arizona.  He called me in September and asked if I could help him with a website for …

A Morning Exercise

Saturday is a special day.  I begin each Saturday with the opening verse for Saturday Sunrise in The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours… A leper came to Jesus and said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”Jesus smiled, stretched out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I do choose.  Be …

Dealing with Cancer, #8 Post-Chemo

Lesson #8, the 2 to 1 thumb rule One month of chemo treatment requires two months of recovery. I am pleased that readers have found value in the series of articles we’ve posted regarding the cancer journey.  Because of that positive feedback, I’m sharing a new experience with post-chemotherapy. In lesson #7 – 5 weeks …

Chosen

I learned of a potential physical challenge a year ago in August 2022.  From the beginning, I have prayed the leper’s prayer, which he pleaded to Jesus, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”  From the beginning, I believe I was chosen to be made clean. That conviction was validated yesterday morning when I …

I have heard your prayer…

It is easy to fall into a funk when one encounters physical and mental difficulties.  The more severe the difficulties, the easier it is to succumb to the darkness.  My daughter and two grandsons came to visit this week.  When she asked, “How are you?” I broke down for the first time in a while.  …

Dealing with Cancer #7, Great Expectations

I completed my sixth and final chemotherapy treatment five weeks ago.  The relief I have been hoping for has yet to arrive. Lesson #7 Be realistic about your expectations. My oncologist is very pleased with my progress, and my next appointment with him is in two months.  That is when we will schedule the MRI …

Getting By with a Little Help from My Friends

With a lot of help from my friends – particularly Mrs. tVM, youngest son Jesse and his wife Erica, and friends Dwight and Halen – we see the fruits of our labors.  My broken leg has kept me on the sidelines, but together, my inner circle has collectively prepared the land, put in irrigation, seeded, …