Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

“It is better to give than to receive.”


The words above were originally said by Jesus and recorded in the Book of Acts. They’re diametrically opposed to the prevalent worship of self, taught and subscribed to by too many. Maybe it’s just me, but when someone is told from day one that the world revolves around them and their feelings and whims, they tend to believe it. It’s […]

Out of the Blue

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me.”


NOTE: A version of this short story ran in HTF for Father’s Day some nine years ago, dedicated to my dad and my grandpa. It was my 37th Out of the Blue piece. Some hundreds of columns later, it seems like a good one to share again for this Father’s Day. Before sharing it, a couple of things: I had […]

Out of the Blue



 Last November 10, I decided to share a couple of chapters of the beginning of what then was intended to be (and still may be) a novel I had begun writing. For the moment, it’s a serial here. On March 23, I shared another couple of chapters. You… Please register for a free account or log in below to access […]

Out of the Blue

“I’ve seen better eyes on a potato; better legs on a piano.”
– Steve Kerzie, quoting insults he got as a referee


Steve Kerzie keeps his eyes on the action during a local high school basketball game, c. 1970s. Submitted photos.I was exploring the Black Hills in South Dakota earlier this week when I heard the news: Gilbert’s beloved Steve Kerzie had passed away S… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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