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WWII POW’s pitch opens Royals’ season


(photo courtesy KC Royals)

Mr. Mitchell is one of the nicer people I’ve talked to. I was initially a little nervous to call him; I thought he might be reluctant to talk about his experience as a POW or being shot out of the sky. Why would he want to relive that time of his life with some stranger over the phone? Perhaps he feels like that was another lifetime, because he was perfectly willing to (humbly) tell me his story:

BETHANY – Dale Mitchell took the mound at Kauffman Stadium in front 40,085 roaring fans. Opening Day, 2015: The defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals vs. the Chicago White Sox. Squinting through sunglasses, his cap pulled low, Mitchell cocked his arm back and let his pitch fly.

If you don’t remember Mitchell’s name from the KC starting rotation, it’s because at 90 years old, Mitchell had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman Stadium for the Royals’ home opener. A former high school second baseman, he and a grandson practiced the pitch on Easter and the next day it was the Royals’ star third baseman, Mike Moustakas who was on the receiving end. Continue reading


Testimony Envy: Don’t be Ashamed of Your Story


I’m a sucker for dramatic stories; maybe it’s the journalist in me. We all know the nightly news thrives on the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality, and it’s the dramatic stories that grab headlines and stick in our minds. But even in Christian circles (including Christian journalism) we’re often drawn to the testimony of someone who made that sensational 180-degree turn toward Jesus. Continue reading

On the Anniversary of the Apollo 1 Tragedy

apollo-1-crew-training-capsuleToday is the 58th anniversary of the death of Roger Chaffee, Gus Grissom and Ed White. I was very fortunate to stumble into interviewing Judy Boen, the astronauts’ personal secretary. Her stories are funny, fascinating and a reminder that we can never count on tomorrow.

ST. LOUIS – Judy Boen’s teacher at secretarial school said she would never make it in an office. But if you asked the astronauts in the Gemini and Apollo space programs, Boen had the “right stuff.” Continue reading

Redeemed? Review of ‘Son of God’

For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten... well, Me.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten… well, Me.

Rated PG-13, 138 minutes (watched 3/2/14) Review:
The Bible has  inspired some truly masterful works of art: Michelangelo’s “Pieta,” Handel’s “Messiah” and DaVinci’s “Last Supper” are but three masterpieces that show man at his cultural pinnacle with a biblical underpinning. Sadly, biblical art has slipped a little. Continue reading