When I was in seminary, I sat in a theology class with six other students around a table. One day, the discussion was about oppression and prejudice. People shared some very personal painful stories about how they had been mistreated at best, abused at worst. I sat quietly. Finally, one student noticed I wasn't saying … Continue reading Not Me
So I have this game on my phone. I don't have a ton of games, just a couple. Puzzle games mostly. I'm a fan of checking out, but I still like to keep my mind engaged to some extent, rather than mindlessly throwing birds at a building, or whatever might be popular now. In this … Continue reading Nothing New
This weekend is my 25th college reunion. Due to other obligations, I will not be going. College seems like yesterday and it seems like a lifetime ago. Along those lines, I have mixed emotions about those four years. It certainly would be interesting to go back. When speaking with a classmate recently, she said it will … Continue reading Go DEACS!
In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola made an incredible film called "The Godfather." He followed that up with "The Godfather: Part II" in 1974. Great movie. 26 long years later, I couldn't wait to see what I knew would be an awful movie called "The Godfather: Part III." Aside from Andy Garcia pulling a Tyson and … Continue reading What Moves You?
This blog has been quiet for a couple months. Part of that has been unintentional; summer schedules interfere with the discipline of writing. Part has been intentional; I have observed through comments, feedback and private messages how people read what I write through the lens of their experience. I realize that is unavoidable. However, it … Continue reading FOCUS
At different times people in my congregation have asked me what I'm reading, and what I recommend. Add to that, it's the last day of school here. Summer has begun. If you're heading out to the beach and want something to read, I offer the following suggestions. Healing Spiritual Wounds by Carol Howard Merritt. It's … Continue reading Summer Reading
Here is one of the tips I received in the 1980's about how to tell if a date was going well. Unlock the passenger side door first. Walk around the back of the car, and look in the back window. If your date leans over and unlocks your door, that means the date is going well. … Continue reading Old School
On December 20, 2013, Justine Sacco, a PR rep for InterActiveCorp, boarded a flight to South Africa and tweeted the following: "Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!" Over the course of her 11 hour flight, the post went viral with its own hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet. People were outraged, and the … Continue reading Outrage
This bears repeating. Source: When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today
It's a key. Put ten of them in a drawer together, and I wouldn't be able to pick this one out from the others. It's a key. To a house. It's a key. To so much more. It's a key to where Grandma and Papa would take the kids for the morning when Mom and … Continue reading So Much More