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WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Cement injection into fractured disc. • The darkness. • Spiritual resource. • Laser Spine Institute.

BACKGROUND. This is Part 2 of a long story about hopes built and crushed. My goal is to chronicle the account of one remarkable woman’s faith and enduring persistence through a debilitating health crisis. In Part 1 (click here) Mary was immobilized by a new back injury received during a bad fall in her bathroom.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Back pain after a car wreck. • Back pain after surgeries. • Back pain after tripping on a dog. • Toward depression.

This story is long, and therefore in three parts, each about one week apart. The person called Mary is close to me and I know her story first hand. She has given permission to write this account.… More

Karen is one of the most truly alive persons I know. She is positive, engaging, and interested in you. She laughs easily and is a good conversationalist. I can attest to her dancing prowess as she glides across the floor to The Tennessee Waltz. Karen publishes a magazine called (surprise) Truly Alive. She eats no carbs…..not even one ounce per day.… More

One day last week I received four requests for prayer……all of them urgent and desperate situations. All came on the same day and all from folks that I know personally. When a prayer request is serious I get on my knees and pray as diligently as I can. In simple words I ask that God reach down and touch this person with His healing power.… More

In Grimm’s Fairy Tales, there is a story called The Robber Bridegroom. Written in 1812, at a time when books were rare (the most common book was the Bible), the Grimm Brothers (primitive librarians) were trying to preserve tales of the storytellers in Germany. These fairy tales, which included some magic, had been propagated by mouth for hundreds of years partly because they contained teachings and advice for the common people.… More

About 600 folks from a local church called Sagebrush met at 8 am on Saturday morning. Their job: to distribute presents in four Albuquerque locations to parents who have no money to buy Christmas presents this year, and to provide lunch for them and their kids. 200 people-of-the-pews headed to a local high school, where adults and their children pitched in to help: wrapping presents, cutting sandwiches and cake, decorating the rooms, and laying out games and arts and crafts for the kids of the visitors.… More

We live in a time when there is some pressure to remove Christmas symbols from public areas, despite the history and culture of the USA, just in case it might offend someone. The story below is a sobering reminder of the value placed on Christmas by troops in World War I who were fighting under horrible conditions.… More

The Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Last weekend I hiked with friends in Big Bend National Park. Situated at the bottom of Texas, the Chisos Mountains reach for the sky, and structure a striking basin surrounded by peaks which soar to 8,000 feet. Very isolated and refreshingly tranquil, the Park lies about 10 hours driving time from the hustle and bustle of Houston.… More

I watched a movie called “Pollock”, which was the life story of the famous American painter who began his career after WW2. It revealed how he discovered a new technique: to paint on a canvas laid out on the ground by dripping paint from a stick and swirling the stick around (without touching the canvas) to form an abstract design, which was embellished in different colors.… More

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