Luther and me

My paternal great-grandmother, Emilie Auguste Graf. was born in Eisleben, Germany, the birthplace of Martin Luther. Eisleben was among the first towns to embrace Luther's teachings. Luther preached his last sermon there on February 15, 1541, three days before his death. My paternal great-grandfather, Emilie Auguste’s husband, Karl Louis Wackes, was born and raised in …

Yes, I am more valuable than they.

Today is Sunday, January 22nd. At noon the temperature is 81○ and I can see new shoots of fern emerging along the river bank. The grass is greening up, and springtime is knocking on the door. We've had no freezing temperatures this year, so the azaleas and impatiens remain in bloom and the angel trumpet trees spread around our …

Discord and the Inauguration

The signs of Adam’s rebellion against God are evident all around me and inside me. The presence of disease and death is certainly one evidence. ALS is the acronym for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Basically, it is a condition where the body works …

I’m a wild mustang if left to myself

Yesterday (January 4th) marked three years since I was diagnosed with ALS. However, I had definite symptoms one year prior--slurred speech, drooping head, fatigue. So, I'm actually entering Year #5. With this post I invite you to listen in as I talk to myself. I'm like a wild mustang if left to myself--kicking and bucking, breaking every harness, resisting …