Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
A long day had become a longer night. It was by then a cold and snowy night.
As they often do, snow-covered roads made driving a challenge. And, more than once I heard the rattling sound of my anti-lock brakes trying to slow my slide.
It was 11:00 P.M. and the roads were empty. I saw no one until I bent around the right curve of Brookdale Drive. There walking on the snow-covered sidewalks was a man. We traveled in the same direction.
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
I know a lot of people disappointed with “the church.”
I don’t know of a perfect church out there; ours included.
There is always a point – or sermon – I disagree with, music that I don’t like, people that I don’t know, looks that feel judging, practices that confuse me, etc., etc.
They probably feel the same way about me! And you.
I’ve attended many churches of several denominations. In fact, I was in a church today with some things I fully agreed with and some teachings that … uhm, no!
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
We have a small bucket outside our garage door. When we don’t want to walk to the back corner of our backyard to the compost pile we toss compostable kitchen scraps into the bucket.
Yesterday as I threw some scraps into the bucket dozens of flies instantly and unexpectedly flew out of the bucket.
Al Andrews wrote a humble and insightful post entitled, What To Say When Everything Is Not “Fine”.
It made me think of our bucket of flies.
Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
Yesterday was our 326-month wedding anniversary.
It’s also just a start.
Asking someone out is a start.
Dating is a shared-journey.
A wedding is a transitional celebration.
A marriage is an interdependent challenge.
I’m naturally introverted.
Therefore, community doesn’t come naturally.
Romance wasn’t in my born-with skill sets.
Interdependence seemed like weakness.
On the other hand, I wanted a long and happy marriage.
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
I have a friend learning to overcome her addiction. She’s at Hazelden looking for hope and skills. Last month Robin Williams was doing the same thing.
Sadly, yesterday the news spread that he’d given up his search.
…parents give up
…the tempted give in
…spouses give up
…students drop out
…employers lessen expectations
…lovers give in
…lonely people lower standards
…people give up.
Too often people
…feel all alone
In my experience people feel hope-less far more often than they need to.
Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
I have a friend who read the Bible and his conclusions broke his heart. He read about a God who didn’t fit his paradigm. He read about a God who didn’t do what he thought best. He read about a God who seemed to sit silent through tragedy. His crumbling faith and doubts rippled through him like an earthquake. The chasm led him to abandon his previous love for God.
When people face tragedy, they usually have one of three reactions. They blame God, they turn to God for help or they abandon God.
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
Note: This is part 3 of the series, By The Numbers. Catch up if you need to:
1. Paint By Numbers.
2. By The Numbers.
It’s 2:38 A.M.
Few people who know me well would be surprised that I’m awake. Almost everyone would be surprised that it’s 2:38 A.M. and I just woke up.
I’m a night owl, but last night I had to go to bed early for a 4:15 A.M. wake up.
Predictably I didn’t need an alarm. Predictably, I didn’t want to startle Amy awake at 4:15 A.M. Predictably, I woke up early enough not to need an alarm.
Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
Freedom is on my mind. In my opinion, freedom is one of our highest values.
And yet, true freedom includes understanding that we do not have the ultimate say, the ultimate choice or the supreme will.
“Responsibility means obligation, and obligation must mean a curtailing of freedom.” 1
“Humans love freedom like fish love water. They pretty much have to have it. Now, of course, what humans also love is having decent, clean, productive, emotionally rewarding lives. And that (curse that Adam and Eve!) means work. And work (curse that Adam and Eve!) means responsibility.”
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
I’m watching a television show this week called, “An Idiot Abroad.” It’s an odd and somewhat awkward travel show “hosted” – I use that word loosely – by Karl Pilkington.
In the first three episodes Karl travels to China, India, Israel and Jordan. He visits tourist centers and rural outposts while assigned by the show’s producers to visit The 7 Wonders of the World.
While traveling Karl comments freely on his personal inconveniences. He talks at length about his troublesome circumstances and his feelings.
Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized
What came to mind when you saw those words?
A celebration of the end of winter, a chore you dread, attacking chaos, creating order, an invitation to newness or a time to prep for a garage sale, or something else?
Maybe spring cleaning was just something other people did.
Bringing spring cleaning into our family culture is one of my wife’s wonderful contributions to our “team.” As Amy describes it, spring cleaning goes beyond the daily and weekly routines to deep clean.