Be Kind…

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This quote, often misattributed to Plato, perhaps originally spoken by Scottish minister, Rev. John Watson, and found in many forms out there on the internet, is one of my favorites in ministry – and in life. Whoever who said it, it is so true. [Read More...]

When Plans Go Awry

“There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” — Rumi If you are like me, you have The List. You know, that massive to-do list filled with family obligations, work projects, chores, and writing tasks that need to get done in the day, week, or month. I love The List. It keeps [Read More...]

Nature, Nurture, Murder: The Lessons of the Eugenics Craze

In the world of super heroes, it’s called an “origin story,” that trauma that led to the super hero being super. Poor little Bruce Wayne watches helplessly as his parents are murdered. Superman rockets off the planet Krypton, sent away by his father moments before the planet explodes, only to find himself in Kansas where [Read More...]

Company at the Bedside

On a good night these days our Little Bean (aka, Little Night Owl) will unwind herself very, very slowly towards sleep, slowly-but-steadily, mostly on her own. We have always accompanied her as she falls asleep, and it’s neat now to see her, at 1-and-a-half, sometimes able to navigate the journey herself. Keeping her company while [Read More...]

Nomination for Most Necessary Picture: Twelve Years a Slave

I wish I could talk to my Great-Aunt Marie about the movie Twelve Years a Slave, but regrettably “Neenie” died when I was three. This spinster librarian from Detroit did, however, leave a legacy—a self-published book of family history. Written in 1957, this book documented my family’s years in Missouri in the 1800’s. My parents [Read More...]

Of Time and the Nebulous

Someday, they say, stars will stop   gelling—the hydrogen and   helium gone. Someday, each   star will call it a day & go to bits.   Someday the day will be as dark as   night, the hydrogen, the helium snuffed.   Someday, in, oh, say, ten billion billion years,   time will eddy & stop. Someday [Read More...]

All the Rage

Apparently it is all the rage these days for state legislatures to introduce “religious freedom” bills that would allow people to refuse to do business with someone if it would go against their sincerely held religious beliefs. Clearly we are to understand these bills as a means for people who disapprove of same-sex weddings to [Read More...]

It’s Carnival Time!

Al “Carnival Time” Johnson sings “it’s Carnival Time and everybody’s havin’ fun…” The twitter feed, the facebook, the news cycle all make it very clear that not everyone is having fun… but this weekend (until Ash Wednesday), I will put my twitter feed down, my facebook and the news away, and  I will spend time [Read More...]

Thank You For…

I had a great time visiting New York City this past weekend. A couple years ago, I would not have expected to enjoy “The City” ever again. You see, I called New York home for five years. And by the time we prepared to move out of the city, I was pretty overwhelmed by that amazing, infuriating, [Read More...]


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