June 10, 2016

What Happened to Respect?

“Man Accused of Firing at Sheriff’s Deputy” This was the headline on the front page of my local newspaper. A patrolling Deputy, fulfilling his duty to “protect and serve” was trying to stop a 19-year-old “man” in his car on a city street. The gunman stepped out of his car with a rifle and shot at the Deputy’s vehicle 15 times. The Deputy survived the ordeal and the gunman later was taken into custody. Events like this raise questions in our minds: What has happened to respect in this “technologically advanced society” we live in? What, if any, good principles […]
May 31, 2016

Timeless Family Memories: Todd & Sharon

  I was sitting at my desk making phone calls when a young woman walked in. She started to describe Todd to me. I began to form a mental picture of the man she loved and lost. Todd loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting in the mountains of Montana. Their journeys to the mountain lakes found them enjoying the outdoors together. During our conversation, she said, “He was the ‘love of my life’”. “I want something to honor and respect the life we had together. I was thinking about a plaque or something simple to remember him by.” We discussed […]
April 1, 2016

Loving Words of Endearment

Words have extraordinary power. They can affect our mood and disposition. What is expressed to us can make us feel warm and fuzzy or irritate and upset us. What we say to each other can build up or tear down our relationships. The written word carries more weight than the spoken word. The long-term influence on us is greater because writing is more permanent than the spoken word. Do you remember the first love letter or love note you received from that someone special? Do you remember the rush of emotions and how it made you feel? You probably still […]