The Grasshoppers of Life

My dad grew up in a Texas sharecropper’s shack during the Great Depression. He was barely a teenager when the “Grasshopper Wars” began. The winged insects darkened the sky like storm clouds, swooping down on crops and stripping them to stubble. Driving turned dangerous as the roads became slick with...

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Do We Really Need Lent?

  Ash Wednesday cometh and, with it, the beginning of Lent. My earliest memories of Lent are rooted in my community theater days in Oklahoma. At a rehearsal on a late-winter evening, I remember a grizzled actor named Bob announcing that he was giving up Brown Derby beer for Lent. I was a happy-go-lucky college...

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Come, Darkness of Lent

With Ash Wednesday, the shadowy journey of Lent has begun. Lent is a season that doesn’t bring warm fuzzies like Christmas or Easter. You’re not going to find a Hallmark card wishing you an Awesome Ash Wednesday or a Luscious Lent. It’s 40 days of dust, ashes, temptation, self-denial, gloom,...

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