The Value of “Then”

Got a call today from a new friend. Wanted to know how I was. Actually pretty good, but mumbled, “Okay…and you?”

It was the societal level stuff. Deeper there’s inner quarreling on how honest I should be with people; it’s an honest debate. Often I choose politeness, makes it easier. You, too?

Reading the news…from MSN and Yahoo on my computer and Huffington on my I-Phone…leaves me at wit’s end…and probably at sanity’s end. How much we tolerate. Believe Tillerson nailed it by his bemoan of alternate news, a euphemism for dishonestly and deceit. And when someone said, “So, what?” when I asked why Trump called some immigrants “animals” and refuses to apologize for the dastardly person who remarked “McCain will die soon.”—morality is absent—at least in my lexicon.

Then. Then. Then.

Thank God there’s a “THEN.” And for this woman, who planned to drive off a bridge, but a car zoomed by her and scared her, so she decided not to leave her five children motherless, she made a decision. A decision that encouraged her, raised her spirits and let her go into a private room or closet and cry the pain into less pushiness. Her children refused to give up on her. And. Now.

The link got my attention…along with a 94-year-old getting her GED. But, this woman, oh, my, talk about impressive. I bet she’ll become a great attorney…and too seldom is that said these days.

But. That’s another story for another day. Read the link…good news unto itself:


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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