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Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars
Jun22

Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars

Hello, my name is Walker, and I am a grandfather. Now, each of you must respond, “Hello, Walker.” That is how we will start each meeting when I create the group called GA, or Grandfathers Anonymous. I am starting this organization because I am in trouble as a granddad. I made it to the 21-month mark without a reprimand. I even got away with teaching my grandson, Titus, how to drink water from a garden hose and then spew it into the...

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Rite of passage parenting: Crazy old man
Jun15

Rite of passage parenting: Crazy old man

I have spent the last few days traveling with one of my three younger brothers. We haven’t taken a trip together since we were teenagers. This time, I’m hanging out with my oldest younger brother. Our family is very proud of him; he graduated in the top half of the bottom third of his high school class. He and I got to talking about the upcoming Father’s Day, which led into a conversation about our own father. Dad passed away many...

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Rite of passage parenting: Playing it safe
Jun08

Rite of passage parenting: Playing it safe

The other day, I wrote about the happiest place on earth. But what I really need to find is the safest place on earth. Our area has had some torrential rains, and for weeks, the nightly TV news programs have been scrolling flash flood warnings across the screen. I have always wanted to live in a castle, but having a moat around your house is not as cool as it sounds. Many of my overseas friends think I live in one of the most...

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Rite of passage parenting: Only at grandma’s house
Jun01

Rite of passage parenting: Only at grandma’s house

As I wrote about my grandmother’s cooking last week, I got to thinking about her house. I loved going to both my grandmothers’ homes. They lived about an hour away from us, and each weekend, we would visit. When the summer came, I spent extended time there.  As I was reminiscing, it dawned upon me that there are things both my grandmothers had in their homes you don’t see today: 1. Toilet Paper Dolls: If you went to use the restroom,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Jesus ‘And’
May26

Rite of passage parenting: Jesus ‘And’

You know the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him tap dance”? That’s how I felt when I was approached by a traveling evangelist to join his team. Before we had TV, every community had some type of tent meeting when a famous evangelist came to town to evangelize the lost. But we Baptists probably spent more time trying to evangelize the Methodists, or the Methodists were trying to evangelize the Baptists....

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