Family

Oh My God!

Oh My God!

As I opened my eyes I really did believe that this was it. I was just waiting for the roof to crash in on me, crushing me beneath the weight of the car, doubting that I would survive. All I could say was “Oh my God!” as I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself […]

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

As this Thanksgiving day draws to a close in the United States, I am reminded about the nearly 200,000 Service members who are deployed in support of Combatant Commands this Thanksgiving. It’s never easy being away from home and family, but it is especially hard during holidays. The United States does their best to help […]

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

I’ve noticed that posts and comments since election day have been only mildly less vitriol than before the election. The difference now, however, is that instead of warnings about the damage so-and-so would cause the country if he or she is elected, they now revolve around what seems to be a personal fear about what […]

My Other Brother . . .

My Other Brother . . .

“My other brother Darryl.” Back in the eighties there were three characters on The Newhart Show who were brothers. Larry was the oldest and the only one who ever spoke. Whenever they would enter a scene, Larry would say, “Hi, I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.” I used […]

Indiana’s RFRA & the Response: Hate or Freedom?

Indiana’s RFRA & the Response: Hate or Freedom?

The recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed in Indiana has produced responses ranging from raging hate to generous compassion. What’s going to be the final outcome of this tension-filled debate?

Message of Hope for Christmas

Every Christmas season, we are reminded of that famous newspaper article of years past assuring little Virginia that there is a Santa Claus.  That was long ago, when Christmas brought with it many long-held traditions and getting through the season was simpler and not so hectic. Now, every year, it seems that the Christmas decorations […]

All You Need is Love

The Beatles had a hit song in the 60s titled “All You Need is Love” (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney). The essential message of the song is that you cannot accomplish the impossible, described with phrases like “there’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and “there’s nothing you can see that […]

The Densford Family Sings … Christmas

The Densford Family Sings … Christmas

Every good parent is proud of their children.  I am no exception.  At the risk of resembling one of those guys who bores his house guests with home movies, I want to share some of the Christmas performances by my children over the years. A couple of them are new while some you may have […]

A Remarkable Life: Karl W. Scheufler-Minister, Missionary and Chaplain

A Remarkable Life: Karl W. Scheufler-Minister, Missionary and Chaplain

Occasionally, I come across people who really impress me.  Sometimes these are living people, many times they have died long ago. I usually become acquainted with these “dead” people through something of theirs that I have found or purchased.  This is the case with Karl William Scheufler. I bought a few postal covers (decorated envelopes) that he […]

September 11, 2001: A Personal Reflection

September 11, 2001: A Personal Reflection

September 11, 2001 began like any other day for me. It was a Tuesday, so I was meeting with men from the church for breakfast at the Corner Cafe just a few miles down State Highway 96 from my church in Clifton Springs, New York. The breakfast for us was uneventful.  As I recall, there were just […]