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Happy Birthday Mr. Norris

      Mr. Norris came into our lives in September, 2003. We were living in Kenya but had spent that summer in the U.S. while Nathan, our middle son, received treatment at Shands Medical Center in Gainesville for a … Continue reading

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Dark Snapshots of My Mother

Fifty-two years ago this month my beautiful mother, Jacqueline Virginia Gunter Roberts, took her own life at the age of 36 in a violent act, a month before my 7th birthday. Recently newsworthy people, people who appear to have been … Continue reading

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Her Name is Gloria June

One of the things Devan and I are trying to be more intentional about is spending quality time with people–taking time to sit and listen and be with those we know well and those we’d like to know better. Today’s … Continue reading

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Learning to Rejoice

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 One of the things with which I am most comfortable—something I recognize as one of my better qualities—is my ease at mourning with others, holding people when they … Continue reading

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A Phone Call with My Daddy

  There are all kinds of reasons I’ve called my father through the years. In high school I called to check-in, letting him know I’d safely arrived somewhere. During college (and at times beyond) I called to ask for money or car-advice. … 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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Treasure the Mundane (or 12/23/2014)

Preface: My last “official” blog on this site was wayyyy back in October. In December I went to post and realized I had forgotten my password and Word Press was not taking any personal calls; can you imagine? Anyhoo, I posted … 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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Here I Sit

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours – may this season bring you the opportunity to simply sit and watch the beauty of the moment.             ***************************** Here I sit in the home of my … Continue reading

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