A Cup of Conversation

Lawn Envy – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – August 2015

Truth be known, I suffer from lawn envy. Dad had it in spades as does my brother. The neighbor’s greener, thicker, well-manicured grass drives us crazy. If there is […]

On the Clock – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – July 2015

It is interesting how we memorialize the end of things. What is it about the last day or last goodbye or last play of the game that gets our […]

Selfie – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – June 2015

Mary recently suggested I update the profile photo on this column. I asked her why and she said the image didn’t really look like me anymore. I’m trying not […]

Mikie – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – May 2015

Our house had just burned down. A few weeks later my wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, not the best of times. I mention this only because it was […]

Conundrum of Loss – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – April 2015

Channel surfing the other night, I landed on National Geographic’s Big Cats of the Serengeti. This is where my wife usually exits the room but not before shooting me […]

Earth House Crazy – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – March 2015

I remember the day Mary’s obstetrician told us the baby was transverse lie breach (hugging mamma high and tight sideways) though we still had time. The due day was […]

Fraternity of Marriage – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – February 2015

After twenty-five years of marital bliss, I’ve come to understand a great many more things about life, love, and the beautiful reality of imperfection called marriage. Some things can’t […]

“I bring you good news…” – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – December 2014/January 2015

“I bring you good news which shall bring great joy to all people…”

Mary wasn’t dreaming when the words hit the woman-child like a thunderbolt. She could not be […]

Next – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – November 2014

The world is changing and once reasonable expectations for the next generation are now pretty much off the table. For twenty-five years we’ve called Southern Oregon home, raised our […]

Finishing Well – by Michael Kell

A Cup of Conversation – October 2014

The tapestry of a man’s life is woven with many living threads but only a rare few actually color the soul. True friendship is purified by heat and pressure. […]