IT WAS A Saturday afternoon, and the new School Quartet I was helping to create was practicing in the basement of John Henry Miller’s home in Hartville, Ohio. My classmate, Marlin Miller — who would eventually become my best friend — was trying to … [Read more...] about John Henry Miller: The Art of Harmonizing Life
Archives for February 2018
IT’S ONE OF the things you experience as a new member of a church — you get invited for dinner. In our case, I quickly turned one of those invitations from our pastor and his wife by inviting them for dinner to our home. We’d do dinner at our home … [Read more...] about Ada Schlabach: Learning to Party with Ada
AN OLD JOKE — A born-again Baptist dies and goes to heaven. He is met by St. Peter, who begins to show him the wonders of heaven: water of life, golden streets, personal mansion, a special pew in the heavenly choir. But something odd happens as … [Read more...] about Memoir: Tent Revivals, Wayward Husbands, and Chicken Dinners
MY YOUNGEST BROTHER Richard once told me that I should buy a BMW. “It’s your kind of car,” he said. I’ve recently been thinking about his comment, and what he meant by it. So I asked a friend of mine who loves BMWs to explain why it’s such a … [Read more...] about Memoir: What’s in a B-210, anyway?
SECRETS ARE FUNNY things. All families have them. Skeletons in the closet. Things you don’t talk about in polite company. Usually, they involve sex. I suppose I was fooled when I was young by the virtual openness in our family. My father hated … [Read more...] about How to Tie a Necktie
WHEN I THINK back to my childhood, I remember one person who was truly unforgettable. Within our community, Joe Overholt was an authentic individual. He lived a life which broke all the rules. He was a gypsy, a lover of learning, a musician. He … [Read more...] about Driving with Joe Overholt