Birthdays

Birthdays

On January 30, 2013 I asked my Dad what he wanted for his birthday which was on February 9th. I should have known that his response was going to catch me by surprise. He blurted out, “I just want the birthday,” and added a big laugh. His thoughts were on material...
Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

My Dad’s relationship with Lt. Roland E. Speckman began in September 1944 at Nashville, TN. They became crew members of a brand new C-87 cargo plane. Dad was the pilot and Roland was the copilot. They spent 21 days flying the plane from the US to Tezpur, India. They...
Safety Is No Accident

Safety Is No Accident

First Rate, Inc. partners with Homes of Hope that builds houses for the poorest of the poor. Homes of Hope was started in 1991 in Tijuana by Sean and Janet Lambert. One of the sayings on the work site is ‘Safety is no accident.” Well, accidents do happen. On one house...
The General Who Changed the Running World

The General Who Changed the Running World

My role as the corporate chaplain at First Rate, Inc. gave me the privilege of visiting the Cooper Institute in Dallas for company management meetings. I knew that Dr. Kenneth Cooper was the founder of the Institute and the author of the 1968 book Aerobics. I worked...
The Wall That Heals in York, Maine

The Wall That Heals in York, Maine

The Wall that Heals is the replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It visited York, Maine on Labor Weekend 1998. I was asked to pray and speak at the religious ceremony on Sunday afternoon September 6. The Cape Neddick Baptist Church choir also sang during...