Category: Connections Articles

Wash Those Smelly Feet

On a recent visit to the grocery store, I saw something that disturbed me. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with exorbitant prices or people wearing their pajamas in public. It was something I had observed many times before, but it still agitates me. As I struggled to maneuver my cart of merchandise through the […]

Uncle Sam Needs You!

The year was 1914. Much of the world had immersed itself into what would become known as World War I. Although the United States had not yet become involved, American military leaders were beginning to make preparations. Participation in the conflict seemed inevitable. On July 6, 1916, the cover of Leslie’s Weekly displayed a picture […]

A Christmas Fantasy

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. As a child, the anticipation of Christmas morning hijacked my powers of concentration as early as September. Christmas Eve would find me lying awake in bed all night, yearning for the faintest sound of life from my parents’ room to pierce the darkness. I still […]

A Bad Parent

I’m a bad parent. No, my kids have never told me that. They’ve been respectful of my strange (some may prefer “archaic”) ways. Maybe it’s because they don’t know any better. After all, I’m the only dad they’ve ever had. Maybe I am that way because I don’t know any better. I find myself raising […]

Are You Talking to Me?

Well, it happened again. I recently found myself browsing through the lawn and garden section at a department store. As I examined the large selection of lawnmowers, rakes, and chainsaws, I thought I heard someone say something. I glanced up and spotted an employee sauntering down the aisle. He was “sort of” looking in my […]