The Horizon Ahead

Family aside, I ask myself what things at work keep me up at night What causes worry, what do I dread, what would I like to make right For me, there are just a few things that creep into my head Causing me to toss and turn while staring into the darkness from my bed Polar caps are disappearing, we have lost another arctic bear Utilities are made of real people, why does the media think we don’t care The industry is gearing up willing to be a piece of the solution and do our part Getting the critics to …

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Concern For Community

This is a tale of two cooperative employees at opposite ends Talking of their work upon which each livelihood depends Co-op principles in hand, walking and talking to their vehicles one day One well into life’s plan, the other new and learning the way One through six are easy to understand, nothing really to “get” But on seven, concern for community, the younger one was starting to “fret” Interest was evident by the furrowed brow and the perplexed looking face The work is for the co-op, how did the whole darn community invade this space With a smile, the voice …

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Chosen One

There are times in our lives, when the lord hands us a task Sometimes it is a pleasure, other times a burden for which we did not ask With the gift of a child, husband and friend, we rejoice in each up and fear each down We let them go in the sun and wish for protection when darkness is around Birthday parties, ball games, graduations and weddings are all handled with ease When serious accident or illness arrives, we often can only drop to our knees We grab a rosary, read the bible, clasp the hand of an available …

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A Great Morning Concert

It was a November Friday with thunder and falling snow Sitting in my easy chair, I began to wonder if it would interrupt my TV show   The sky rumbled and on the winter blanket, the lightning seemed even more bright My toilets flushed, clothes washed and on the tube, not a blink that night   Talked with operations, no worries, some outages scattered here and there Phones covered, crews were working with the usual Cherryland flair   Off to bed I went, repairs in progress, the routine was getting done Rested and fresh, I was up to shovel the …

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Christmas Eyes

The spirit of Christmas is not a color, event or a choral sound For me, the spirit of Christmas is in the eyes of those all around If you look, you will find that eyes will let out more than words can show The spark in an eye can set a fire to warm those nearby with their glow Riding with my wife, discussing our gift shopping route The twinkle in her eye is what I have always been all about The wide eyed wonder of young kids as wrapping paper is tossed all over the place Others can have …

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Angels In Ashes

I believe angels have wings, satin to the touch, large and white In the beginning, they are coarse, small, barely in sight Wings are grown working through others to help those on earth in life Expanding in size through harsh times dealing with pain and strife Tiny wings all too often stained with the ashes of life’s deepest pain The loss of loved ones in each individual valley of darkness and rain Battles of the heart against evils such as accident, disease and suicide Tragedies taken the hardest by the young with eyes just beginning to open wide Angels arrive …

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Christmas Message 2004

We gather together tonight to share in the season Holidays, Christmas and New Years are the reason In the bigger picture, it is a celebration of life that goes by too fast So, we join those we work with now as well as a few from the past It is a brief evening to look back at what we do and have done Lights are on, phones are hung…for a few hours we are not on the run I like to take a few minutes at this time to look back on our year Tonight will be a bit different …

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