Pass it on!

In the summer of 1965, the entire family had gathered for a family reunion in Plant City, Florida. At 2:00 A.M., my grandmother woke everyone, and started issuing orders to get empty Coke bottles, corks and blank paper ready...

Dream weaver

"That one’s for you, Daddy!" yelled Matthew Ryan Emrich, not yet nine, looking to the sky, as he circled the bases with his fist held high.

The beholder’s eye

Shoving the vacuum into its home in the hall closet, I stifled a groan. A half-day of housework behind me and I still wasn’t ready for the out-of-state company expected any very soon minute.

All I remember

One day, while I was sitting in a quiet room waiting for an appointment, a wave of longing swept over me. I checked to make sure I was awake and not dreaming...

What it means to be adopted?

Teacher Debbie Moon’s first graders were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different color of hair than the other family members...

Almie Rose

It was at least two months before Chirstmas when nineyear-old Almie Rose told her father and me that she wanted a new bicycle. As Chirstmas drew nearer, her desire for a bicycle seemed to fade, or so we thought...

No charge

The little boy suddenly came up to his mother and handed her a piece of paper when she was busy in preparing dinner...

What you are is as important as what you do

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City. I and my friend was taking his two little boys to an entertainment club....

The gift of the Gods

It was a warm summer day when the gods placed it in her hands. She trembled with a strange emotion as she saw how fragile it appeared. This was a very special gift the gods were entrusting to her...

Tommy’s essay

Soon Tommy’s parents, who had recently separated, would arrive for a conference on his failing schoolwork and disruptive behavior. Neither parent knew that I had summoned the other...

Two brothers

Two brothers worked together on the family farm. One was married and had a large family. The other was single. At the day’s end, the brothers shared everything equally, produce and profit...

Who you are makes a difference

One night a man came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, “The most incredible thing happened to me today...