Mystery Fire part 2

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This is the conclusion to last week’s story about a mystery fire in my neighborhood. See the post below for part 1. The fire crew finds no flames inside Ann’s house, no over-heated walls, no smoke. Nothing. Finally, after poking the three-story patient with several sharp surgical instruments and taking her temperature multiple times, they slide the biggest truck in …

Mystery Fire part 1

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See that chimney atop my neighbor’s house? There’s a mystery associated with it. One day in Dec. I’m sitting in my comfy chair looking out my front window when something glittery catches my eye. I look up and see what appears to be a reddish/orange flame streaming out of the extension pipe of Ann’s chimney. Ann is a lovely, elderly …

Love Your Enemies, or Not

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Tuesday night I found myself unexpectedly $49 and two cab fares lighter in the wallet as I spent the night at the Chicago O’Hare Motel 6, waiting out a snow storm. You know the drill: cancel-cancel-delay-delay-cancel. Now it’s 11:30pm. Earlier, about 10pm, with the snow falling outside and tempers flaring around O’Hare, a boarding ramp closed on the last flite …

Moving on

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Five of my elder relatives and friends moved on the past two years. What does it mean? I’m richer for their lives, poorer for their deaths. Dr. Russell Arndts was among the travelers. He departed July 23. In his retirement years I sat on the couch opposite his easy chair many times to debate biblical theology with the former chemistry …

Great Expectations

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An acquaintance promised to call me back but never did. Again. People let me down. They let you down as well. How do we respond? For me, differently than 20 years ago (or even ten years ago). This is middle age speaking right now, so beware. Some of the best advice I ever received was to lower my expectations of …