The smartest thing I ever did was marry my wife. She is the love of my youth, my best friend and my soul mate. I was born in Michigan State University’s back yard and consider myself fortunate because attending a university away from home would have been beyond my financial means. Thanks to my loving and patient wife I was able to work fulltime and study the rest of the time until I graduated. I offered to reward her by taking her anywhere she wanted to go after I graduated. We couldn’t afford a honeymoon when we got married, and I wanted to make up for it. She decided she wanted to go to Texas. I said, “Okay.” Half of our family already lives there anyway. And her decision gives us a reason to go where it's warm every winter.
The Bible is my favorite book, but Stephen King and Tom Clancy are my favorite authors. I love long novels, the longer the better. Recently I converted to a Kindle app on my smart phone. So, now I carry a library with hundreds of books in my pocket. This is convenient whenever I'm caught waiting in line or waiting for an appointment.
Our son and our daughter both own and operate their own businesses. They both have families and children and have given us eighteen great grandchildren all together.
Though my hobbies have changed over the years, we still enjoy gardening and tending the orchard together. The change of seasons in Michigan give me an excuse to work on an advanced degree in theology and write books, like the titles listed on this website. I’m not a famous writer, probably never will be. But I’m compelled and can’t help myself. I have to write whether I succeed or fail. Please contact me and tell me what you think. Give me a few helpful suggestions.
Everyone goes down the same road. We grow up (most of us that is), get a career, a home and a family. And if we make it long enough, we might even retire. Okay, so I made it, but sitting around watching television and talking to my friends on the phone all day isn't as great as I thought it would be. That's what many of our friends have done and many of them are no longer with us. So, my wife and I decided to get involved with the City Rescue Mission and work with the homeless in our area. The Mission evangelizes them, counsels them, and then helps them get an education if needed, and helps them find jobs and housing. They are very appreciative and give us a deep sense of fulfillment.
But that wasn't enough. When my wife's folks passed away we became acquainted with Hospice. One of the nurses explained that many patients do not have friends or relatives to stand by them during the final hours of their life, and Hospice doesn't have enough volunteers to send. So, we signed up for the training and now offer companionship to Hospice patients in addition to our work at the Mission. This has been very fulfilling as well.
There are many other things you can do for your community besides the Rescue Mission and Hospice. I urge to pursue where ever your interests lead you, so that you too might have a full life.
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