Category Archives: Conversations

Keeping It Simple

My middle son has set out on his own and fled to a faraway land. Okay he didn’t quite go it alone and faraway land is probably a stretch. He had accomplices; the family packed his plastic tubs and stack-able bed side … Continue reading

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It’s Spring!

It’s Spring. The bright, lemon-yellow necklace I wore to church today prompted several to remark on how “springy” it looked. After church I headed to Southern Horticulture; mulch was calling my name; and a man unbeknownst to me approached with … Continue reading

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Banyan House – A Review

I recently wrote an internet review on Banyan House, the organization helping our family refocus and rebuild. Unless you personally scan the internet for information on adolescent treatment facilities (something in which I’ve recently become very engaged), you probably won’t stumble … Continue reading

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November 5th

November 5th  is a date that always gives me pause and forces me to reflect on the “what ifs” of life; this year the day will be more significant than usual. Our first son, Don Isaac, lost too soon on November … Continue reading

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What Gets Us There

Preface – Today while sitting in the Denver airport I started people watching, imagining all the stories contained in the vast terminal. Lovers saying goodbye . . . soldiers being deployed . . . families heading off on vacation . … Continue reading

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The Road Taken . . . or Not

Preface:  Sixteen years ago today in a small Kenyan court room, Nathan Lane Mogaka added Veatch to his already illustrious name.  This year’s anniversary would have slipped by if not for a spontaneous moment of looking through his baby book just last … Continue reading

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Waiting at the Bus Stop

Last week while walking in my neighborhood I observed an annual back-to-school ritual; waiting at the bus stop. Only 6:45 a.m., the sun was scarcely peaking over the dunes that line A1A and the sky promised a beautiful clear day. With … Continue reading

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When you do it to the least of these . . .

Matthew 25:35-45 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I … Continue reading

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Empathy

I recently overheard two women conversing in a check-out line. (Random off-topic note: I am continually astonished by what folks discuss in public. Aloud. Loudly aloud. If, when standing in public anywhere, I ever put a person on speaker phone … Continue reading

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Experiencing Mercy at Animal Kingdom: An Essay

Preface. The Veatch Clan does not often frequent theme parks. While we have nothing against Mickey, Harry Potter, or Shamu, visiting once every five or ten years is usually enough to satisfy our appetites. Yesterday’s trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in … Continue reading

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