Charlie Van Dyke
Soul Mates?
Posted March 4, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Relationships
Question: The problem seems to be that when you are in a relationship, in the beginning everything is happening, but when you marry that person it changes. I’ve been in several relationships, major relationships, I’ve been married and divorced twice and I’m searching for something special. Something I’m told is called a “soul mate”. Do you believe ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Last April, just after dinner, Brian sat me down on the couch and said something that was the equivalent of the heart-stopping phrase, "We have to talk."

I remember this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach, followed by the thought, Oh no, what have I done?

With the passing of my sister, Debbie, in February, we had both been through several b... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Let Them In
Posted January 29, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in Relationships
Let Them In
by RUSS HILL on JANUARY 29, 2014


I don’t remember what started the conversation that night.

I was a teenager. And my mom realized I was in pain. Something now long forgotten had made me sad. My mom decided I needed to learn a lesson.

She was sitting on our obnoxious dark blue floral print couch in the living room with a blanket o... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
I took my kids out shopping one evening at around 7:30pm. As we got near the entrance to the store, a teenage boy with a backpack and a skateboard spoke to me.

He said, “Hey, do you have a phone I can borrow real quick to call my mom to come pick me up?”

Immediately the voices of fear and logic said, “He’s going to steal your phone. Look at him. ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
I’m spending the morning waiting for my car in the repair shop. Four men in flannel (I missed the flannel memo) and I sit around smelling tires and inhaling exhaust fumes while an enchanting little fairy is in constant motion around her daddy. She climbs on him, giggles, turns around, and then she’s back to twirling on the tile.

She’s bouncing and... read more
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