We headed north on Rte. 87 inching closer to the northwestern top of Texas… In Hartley (pop. 600) we met with Nancy and Ed Weber who operate the new Loreto House for the elderly. Their ministry is to help people “die with dignity.” Ed said because of the Baby Boomer generation phenomena, some 9,000 families are entering into care giving situations in America, every day! “A tsunami of elderly is approaching,” said Ed. Nancy said that because this generation was inculcated with the notion it’s “important to be productive,” when this particular set of elderly start becoming dependent on others — they are more prone to look to end of life options like euthanasia. The Webers, who are Catholic, point out the church teaches that assisted suicide is wrong, period. They said the death should come in God’s timing, which allows the person the maximum amount of time to get right with God, for the family to grieve and heal, and for others even outside the family to help. Ed noted that many people in the community donated time and money to the non-profit Loreto facility, and even local prisoners provided some of the labor… We then went to Dalhart, Texas, where I talked at St. Anthony’s Church about ‘beginning of life issues,’ abortion. I said we had just reached the 50 million abortion mark in America, a tsunami of huge proportions… Afterward, we went to dinner with Fr. Scott from St. Anthony’s. Wonderful priest. St. Anthony’s is undergoing a building program and Fr. Scott proposed putting in a rainwater collection system for one of the buildings. We talked about how important it was for the Church to become a good model for environmental stewardship in this age… After dinner, we headed even farther north, getting to Texline, TX, at sunset. Our kids played basketball with three Hispanic kids in an old sandlot court in the middle of this dusty town. (Were these kids legal or illegal? We didn’t ask. There seemed enough room on the court for everyone.) We then parked for the night on a dirt lot next to the town gas station. The last stop on our Deep in the Heart of Texas Tour.