Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
in Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
This coming weekend I will be on a retreat. I’ve been on many retreats. Some of my favorite retreats have been TreeHouse retreats. The images I will be featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.
I know of no art medium that covers up bad art skills more than pastels. So when my friend Jill challenged me to create art with pastels in hand I was less afraid of failure and rejection for my lack of skills.
Posted on Monday, November 17, 2014
in Education, Relational, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
This coming weekend I will be on a retreat. I’ve been on many retreats. Retreats are just that, a retreat from the norm; from daily, normal life.
Some of my favorite retreats have been TreeHouse retreats. The images I will be featuring on #mysilentscream this week will be from works of “art” I created on various TreeHouse staff retreats.
When my friend Jill Lacher first challenged us to do art I laughed. “I am not artistic. I got Ds in art class, and I earned them.”
Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014
in Relational, Sports, Values
Without patriots, peace, prayer and politicians who chose wisely – in the United States and in the former Soviet Union – I would have never worn this jersey of one of my favorite hockey goalies, Russian Vladislav Tretiak.
Thank you Anna for delivering it. It’s still one of my favorite jerseys and symbols of hope.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014
in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Values
I have several daily disciplines. Some come and some go. Some are intentionally for a season, and some fade through failure.
Though I have had many reading plans, none has been as sustaining as “The One Minute Bible.”
At first when I heard of “The One Minute Bible” I dismissed it as insignificant, but for more twenty years this copy (and now digital copies) has led me through important passages of Scripture that I might have missed without a guide.
Happy Birthday Every Year
Today is November 10th, my birthday.
Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Like crashing symbols
Clawing for attention
That’s $%^&&*&* up!
Last night I had the hardest support group I’ve led in more than ten years. Teens yelling, screaming, not listening to one another nearly enough.
At TreeHouse teens learn that they are not alone in dealing with any issue. There is always someone who can relate to what is going on in another group member’s life. Teens learn how to support someone else in need. They are reminded that they are lovable, capable and worthwhile. TreeHouse support groups become a place where youth know that they will always be listened to and that what they say matters to others.
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Uncategorized
As fun as yesterday was, today I’ve been laid up with vertigo.
I’ve had vertigo several times. Vertigo, also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), is disconcerting.
I haven’t been drunk in many years, but I casually explain that vertigo feels like being drunk without any of “the fun” someone might have hoped for.
Usually when I’ve had vertigo symptoms once I do the Epley Maneuver the spins and the nausea caused by vertigo go away within a few hours. This time, no.
Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
in Emotional, How To, Music, Relational, Social, Values
June 13, 1987, that’s our wedding day.
My wife and I have a monthly tradition to celebrate all “13th” of the month.
Like most couples we celebrate our anniversary each year.
Today we’re adding another tradition I hope happens again.
We’re now celebrating every 10,000 days too. =)
Today is our 10k-wedding-day anniversary!
When I was a kid I hated math homework, but, over the years I’ve learned that I love math. Now, my favorite part of following sports is the analytics. 1
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual
“Just save me … from all that I am.”
“Save me” is a phrase I can relate to, both in a theological sense, but also to be saved from the consequences of misdeeds, misguided decisions, relational disappointments and circumstantial despair.
“Just save me … from all that I am” is a plea of the broken. Like a displaced broken bone that needs to be reset, repentance – as I’ve heard Ruth Haley Barton say – is a “death that needs to happen.”
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
No one would accuse me of being a huge hip-hop fan. On the other hand, I admire people who can make me think.
Propaganda is one of those people.
After listening to his latest release “Crimson Cord” I returned to his previous called “Excellence.” They both are!
This link connects to an artful typography video of Forgive Me For Asking. Listen up. Think deep.
Ask with me, “How do I settle for ignorance?”
Forgive Me For Asking
Question: this is embarrassing
You ever been scared you had no idea what you were talking about?
Yeah, me too
I’ve lied and so have you
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014
in Emotional, Music, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Today TreeHouse is thrilled to welcome six time Grammy winner, Amy Grant, as our Women Of Hope keynote speaker and musical guest. (Sorry, it’s sold out)
In 1984 seventeen year old Amy Fayas and twenty-one year old Scott Volltrauer were both at an Amy Grant concert. We didn’t know one another then, and wouldn’t meet for a couple more years but our hearts were both connected to the same sweet songs of Amy Grant.
It’s been years since I was a regular listener, but Amy Grant’s songs helped anchor my young faith. Here are a few examples of lessons her songs taught me.