Vietnam and the Marlboro Man

  Vietnam and the Marlboro Man (Collinsville, Illinois circa 2013)   I officiated at a funeral today.  I did not know this family but they had visited Christ Church a couple of times.  The deceased was a Vietnam veteran who had his life stolen by cancer far too soon.  The funeral home was packed likeContinue reading “Vietnam and the Marlboro Man”

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013) Officiating the funerals of veterans is not uncommon for me.  Over the past fifteen years, I have buried over one hundred World War II veterans but that river has now slowed to a trickle.  What sociologists call “The Greatest Generation” is almost gone.  These were quietContinue reading “The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade”

“Re:member” Pre-release Excerpt II

The Vietnam Veteran’s Parade (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 2013)   Officiating the funerals of veterans is not uncommon for me.  Over the past fifteen years, I have buried over one hundred World War II veterans but that river has now slowed to a trickle.  What sociologists call “The Greatest Generation” is almost gone.  These wereContinue reading ““Re:member” Pre-release Excerpt II”

Andy the Janitor Remembers

“Remember” is one of my favorite English words.  It is a much bigger word than its diminutive synonyms like “recall” or “recollect.”  For me, remember is best thought of as the antonym of “dismember.”  To dismember is to tear apart; to remember is to put back together.  Andy was the custodian at Christ Church duringContinue reading “Andy the Janitor Remembers”