Eating Meat In Morrissey’s Honor

grilled beef with tomato

I’m grilling hamburgers tonight in honor of Morrissey’s comment. I don’t have a problem with people who choose not to eat meat. I do have a problem, however, with someone who uses the term “serial killers” to describe hunters, and by association, farmers, ranchers and all people associated with the meat-production industry. When Steven Patrick Morrissey backed out of performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night because the men of Duck Dynasty were slotted to be Kimmel's guests, he said: “As far as … [Read more...]

Watching People Drown Themselves?

Fighting against yourself

“I know it’s wrong, but I can’t stop,” said a husband who had just admitted to me that he was having an affair. His wife was sitting next to him, holding a picture of their three children. When I asked the husband if he realized that he was flushing his life down the toilet, he paused for a moment, struck a pose akin to the thinking man, and replied, “It’s hard to explain…I just can’t stay away from her (mistress).”Why is it that we choose to do the things that destroy us? Take John Allem … [Read more...]

Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video

Aidan and his Labrador

I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around the house. As his dad, I’m trying to think of ways to help him make the transition into manhood in his own mind, as well as in the eyes of our community.I’ve found quite a few ideas so far, such as the Brazilian tribe Satere-Mawe’s tradition of a young man sticking his hand into a glove fu … [Read more...]

“We’ll Pay You Cash For Well-Behaved Kids!”

Think parenting is a thankless job? Well, think again. Or, better yet…stop thinking and go out to eat at Sogno di Vino, an Italian restaurant in Poulsbo, Washington.Laura and Chris King took their three children out to eat at an upscale Italian restaurant, and when they received their bill they'd been given a “Well Behaved Kids” discount. The restaurant took $4 off the total because they were impressed with the King children, and wanted to express their appreciation toward the parent … [Read more...]

When Placing Second Is Winning

On the night of one of our nation’s most polemical events of the year, it’s nice to hear a story of kindness that we can all stand and clap for. On December 2, 2012, Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a long distance runner from Spain, was competing in a cross-country race. He ran well and was in second place to Kenyan phenom and Olympic champion, Abel Mutai. And then, as they neared the finish line, Mutai slowed down and stopped racing. He had mistaken a set of gates for the finish line, thinking the race wa … [Read more...]

What’s The Deal…My Marriage Isn’t Relational Bliss?

Young Couple Sitting on Love Seat

Sometimes things that are meant to do one thing do the opposite. Take the device that caused the power outage at the Super Bowl—it was a relay switch designed to prevent power outages. Another seemingly backwards design flaw happens in marriage. I’ve performed several weddings, and every couple that stands at the altar expects their marriage will provide relational satisfaction, peace, and joy. “It’s why we get married, right?” You can see it in their glossy, optimistic eyes; they’re certain they … [Read more...]


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