Category: Connections Articles

RIP Marching Mickey

Here comes Marching Mickey, let’s all shout merrily. M-i-c-k-e-y-M-o-u-s-e. That little jingle might dredge up some memories for all of us who find ourselves on the doorstep of earning the title “middle aged.” In my opinion, Marching Mickey was one of the coolest toys of the 70’s. That’s quite a compliment with competition like Fisher […]

More Than Nostalgia

The familiar pangs of nostalgia swept over me as I slowly advanced the pictures that appeared on my computer screen. With every click of the mouse, scores of memories flooded my mind. When I was just three years old, my family had purchased a five-acre plot of woods just outside the city limits of Grand […]

Bury the Hatchet

Have you ever been hurt by someone? Maybe it happened recently, or maybe it was decades ago…but you just haven’t been able to forget about it. The memory causes you to seethe inwardly. You know it’s not right, but you don’t know what to do about it. Is there any way to break free? You’re […]

The Center of Attention

What is wrong with me? I know I’m not that bad of a shot. I had been invited to a men’s meeting in West Virginia, and, of course, the schedule included the obligatory target shooting of .22’s. Exasperated, I peered once again through the scope attached to the gun I had borrowed. Seriously? No holes […]

Sin, Salvation, & Snakes

Which animals do you fear the most? For most of us, snakes rate high on the list of “a few of my least-favorite things.” Although we recognize the important role they play in nature, those slippery legless reptiles tend to show up when they are least welcome. Immediately we attempt to recall that life-saving ditty […]

When A Little Is A Lot

I paused momentarily in the doorway, purposefully assessing my surroundings. We had just disembarked from the tram, negotiated the dusty corridor of a rundown furniture factory, and entered an abandoned warehouse. My friend and I had accepted an invitation to have dinner in this place by a family we had met in church while doing […]

How to Conquer a Task

Success! Triumph! Victory! While I may not actually shout these words every time I experience a sense of achievement, sometimes it is tempting. There is little that can compare to the feeling of accomplishment whenever a task is completed. It really does not even matter how big or small the task is. I just like […]