Testing: Band of Brothers POST

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 / ESV) A Passionate Plea to Fathers: The Need for Men to Lead and Fight for their Children God has given men an incredible mantle to carry and when we fail to carry the mantle there are disastrous consequences. Take a...

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Day @ UNC Chapel Hill

Day @ UNC Chapel Hill

I spent the day today with David on the UNC campus. The university is on Thanksgiving break, so it was a quiet walk across campus with most of the students having gone home for the holiday. I don’t know what it is about it, but I could spend the rest of my life studying at some university....

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Another Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving

It’s another Thanksgiving. Been making this trip to Lisa’s house for more than 10 years. It might even be 15 years. Thanks, Lisa, for hosting us again. This is another year without mom and dad. I miss them all the time, but holidays are even worse. Time goes by and the circle continues. On the other hand, I just read a Scientific American article that says time is an illusion. Funny thing though, my creaking body seems to think it is real...

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We Moved Again!

We Moved Again!

We moved the office again. This has been the fourth office in the last two years. It’s a good thing for sure, but moves, even when they are only five doors down into bigger space, are always a challenge. You think it will take two hours, but it’s usually two weeks. That is especially true when moving five doors down. Why pack? Just wheel the stuff over, right?

Then comes the sorting, the tossing, the “I don’t know what to do with this thing.”

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Dear Ethan

Dear Ethan

Dear Ethan, I need to tell you that Poppup died. I was with Poppup when he died. He was so happy to see you when you came to see him a couple days ago. Poppup is my dad and for a very long time he taught me how to live. Frankly, some of his lessons I still don’t understand, but the most important lessons I remember well. For instance, he taught me how to use a rubber band to shoot little pieces of paper. And when I was your age I remember...

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The Circle of Life Turns

The Circle of Life Turns

Frank Salvatore Ingrassia 10/20/1929 – 07/18/2014 Goodbye, Popupp. We will see you in heaven. Ethan says goodbye as the circle of life turns....

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First Bottle Rocket

First Bottle Rocket

Dear Ethan, There are certain milestones in life–first smile, first words, first steps, first kiss, first job, and first bottle rocket. Let’s wait on the kiss. Trust me, Ethan, all girls have cooties. Everyone knows that. Love Grandpa      ...

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Priceless

Priceless

He doesn’t know anything about Russians in Ukraine. He doesn’t know anything about national debt, healthcare insurance, crime, addictions, or Moby Dick. But he knows what it means to hold a ball in one hand and a bottle in the other while tucked safely into bed by a mother and father who love him. And THAT is...

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Too Good Not to Post

Too Good Not to Post

This is not my picture, but I came across it on Pintrest. It’s just too good not to post.  If I could, I would be on a plane tomorrow and might return in a year or so. Sigh. Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé. (“There is only one happiness in life– love and be loved” — George Sand)...

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