Author: Gene

Marriage: What No One Tells You, But Everyone Should Know

Listen up, kids. Dr. Love is in the house. I am here to give you the real scoop on this thing called marriage, so pay attention. Seriously, though. Donya and I went to a movie for the first time in umpteen years last Friday night. We thought that new Vince Vaughn flick, Couples’ Retreat, would be some good, old-fashined, knee-slapping fun. It was sort of funny here and there, but not hilarious. The message of it, however, was heavier than I foresaw. (Who ever heard of Vince Vaughn having a message, anyhow?) It was also pretty much right on....

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It’s In the Game: Confessions of a Football Junkie

My dad once said to me, “Son, if they were to open up your head and examine your brain, they’d find it shaped like a football.” He wasn’t necessarily wrong. Just about as long as I can remember, I have been in love with the game of football. I don’t really know why. I have tried to turn the analytical microscope on myself, but I just get burnt under its concentrated focus. Self-analysis almost always generates more heat than light…at least for me. Maybe I, like Popeye, can say, “I yam what I yam.” Or like the Apostle Paul,...

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Pretty Bubbles in the Air

There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. Prov. 13:7 (NKJV) Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Tim. 6:6 (NKJV) Yesterday, an old tune my Dad used to sing came to mind. It is a lovely tune, one I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him sing when I was a small boy. But then one day I really heard the words for the first time…and they were fraught with discouragement and disillusion. So, I wondered if Dad just liked the tune or if he somehow felt the...

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Pieces of Me

Tossing about in the bed last night, chasing the elusive slumber I so desperately sought, my mind wandered back to the places I have been and people I have seen the past couple of weeks. Weekend before last, Donya and I flew to Texarkana, Arkansas to spend a couple of days. There is only one reason on earth we would waste a plane ride on Texarkana (or Arkansas, for that matter). Her name is Holly. We hadn’t seen her in awhile and we missed her terribly. The trip was short, but it was sweet. For a city girl with...

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Sweet Escape

(Reprinted from 2003) Do you remember the Chevrolet Tahoe commercials from a few years ago, the ones featuring a poem read by James Garner? The first time I heard the poem, I was smitten. I had to find out who wrote it, where it came from. I kind of thought it might be a Dr. Seuss offering I had missed along the way. It just smacked of his unusual poetic style. Turns out it is ad copy written by the heretofore unknown Patrick O’Leary. I wonder if he even knew the depths he had mined with such powerful simplicity. The poem, entitled “Nobody Knows It...

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