Twain Hearts

This is a recent picture (taken in March of 2017) of me and my lovely wife on the dance floor, and in honor of God making the most perfect match for me, I have written a new sonnet titled “Twain Hearts.”
So here’s to God, “the best maker of all marriages . . .” Guys, God has never created “a perfect woman,” but never doubt that He can create the perfect woman for you. I hope you enjoy “Twain Hearts.”
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Semper Fidelis

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Gunner Lindsey served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and came home to work for the Salt Lake City PD while taking college courses (and serving in the National Guard in intelligence gathering ops). He graduated from the University of Utah with a PhD in Sociology, specializing in Criminal Justice and Religion. He taught at Cal State San Bernardino for 20 years. Strong work, Dad!

I dedicate the following haiku to Sergeant Donald B. Lindsey Sr. I salute you: Thank you for serving!  Continue reading

Things My Mother Taught Me

My mother is on a personal journey, out of this realm. Eternity is merely days away. “Mitzie” is medicated. She is comfortable, surrounded by beloved family members. Last night she was calling out my sister-in-law’s name: “Diane. . . Diane.” I spoke to Diane today and she has spent the entire day with my mom. In the near future, I will be boarding a jet which will take me to Salt Lake City, and I will travel to my mom’s house in North Ogden, Utah, where I will say good-bye to her for the last time.

As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
     for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
     But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
     to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
     The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103: 15 – 19). 

I have drafted a few lines and titled it “Things My Mother Taught Me.” Currently she is teaching me the value of entering immortality with grace.

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Stardust

Think of it: a star 100 times larger than our sun, and scientists watched it before, during, and after its explosion! SN 1987a has been the most fantastic cosmic phenomena (in terms of supernovas exploding) in 400 years!  What will God think of next?

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At center is the ongoing three-ring circus of the Supernova 1987A remnant, as recently imaged by Hubble. The two bright stars superposed on it are unrelated foreground or background objects. NASA / ESA / R. Kirshner / P. Challis

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Beatitude of Love

Have you ever said something to someone you love which, later you came to know, caused injury and grievous pain? I’m guilty. At the time I didn’t have a clue. And when it resurfaced I thought it was rather trivial and expressed it as such, which caused more pain. Guilty again!

Oftentimes we don’t realize the profundity of the things we say in our interactions with other people. I have said things to my wife in the past that have caused her great harm. In our 12 years of marriage, we have walked through the coals, as it were, with regard to how hurtful we can be to each other. I take 100 percent of the blame for this. I’m thankful that I have a forgiving wife.

I composed a sonnet which is influenced by several people and biblical perspectives: my wife, five wise men (accountability partners with whom I have close relationships), one of whom, Jim Rose, preached a sermon that influenced this sonnet (titled Blind Spots), and 1 Corinthians 13, also known as “The Love chapter.” By the way, Jim’s sermon will provide you with godly tools that provide compunction and healing in these situations.

I hope you appreciate Beatitude of Love.

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