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Everyone has a story to share

For those of you who have followed my weekly posts for the past seven years, thank you for your readership and your participation in the discussions that sometimes ensued. I’ve enjoyed the community we created together. But now I’m taking a break from regular posting. I prepared the post below as a piece that can remain on my home page and serve as a portal to previous writings. I’ll also be tinkering with the site, trying to keep it organized, add new features, and maintain it as a useful resource. If you choose to keep your LifeLines subscription active, you’ll receive an email whenever I do post something new; I just wanted to let you know that won’t be happening with any regularity. Thanks again. And feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

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In the City, part 4

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Continued from In the City, part 1, part 2, and part 3 In an empty space in a remote corner of the garage, Joe wanted to apologize to his wife, but he knew it would only make her feel worse if he did. So, he blinked back his tears of frustration and began trying to [read more...]

In the City, part 3

Christmas in the City

Continued from In the City, part 1 and part 2 Never having been out of Iowa before, Joe felt unprepared to face the overwhelming Chicago streets they had just come in from. And given the unsatisfactory nature of the relationship he had with the hotel clerk, he was not ready to put any more hope [read more...]

In the City, part 2

Christmas in the City

Continued from In the City, part 1 Relieved to finally begin feeling as if they belonged, Joe gave the man his name and waited while he looked up their reservation. He grew just a little bit worried as the clerk punched in code after code in an attempt to call up the Davidsons' records. He [read more...]

In the City, part 1

city Christmas story

The bus lurched to a stop, nearly throwing the young couple standing at the front into the greenish windshield. The woman, who was not only pregnant but overdue, cried out as she stumbled into the metal handle that worked the doors. The man, off-balance himself, tried to steady her without falling down the corrugated stairs [read more...]

Thanksgiving Top 5 (2015 edition)


One of the blessings of freelance work is the variety of jobs I get to do and the variety of people I get to work with. Each Thanksgiving it's become a tradition for me to choose five projects from the past year that I'm particularly grateful for. This tradition gives me an opportunity to review my year, remember my work [read more...]

Moment Case for iPhone 6

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A couple months ago I invested in an iPhone case made by Moment, the same people who make the Moment telephoto lens I use so much. I think Moment is a quality company, and I've had good interactions with them. The video and other information on the Kickstarter page for their Moment Case project intrigued [read more...]

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