New Life Episcopal Church

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Top Dead Center

The automobiles of my father‘s day needed attention … oil was ‘topped up’ … tires went ‘porous’… radiators ‘boiled over.’ He told me, “When you change a tire, tap the dipstick on the lug nut. The oil will free it up.” His most cryptic automotive expression, about cars and about life, was to be at ‘top dead center’… a piston stopped at the top of its travel, the engine wouldn’t start until you rotated the crankshaft a few degrees with the hand crank. I’m sometimes at top dead center … at a standstill, a little lost and looking for the hand crank.