It’s the American way!

In the last blog post, "Enough is enough," we talked about a charitable organization that annually sends millions of shoeboxes filled with trinkets, socks, and candy to Third World children with the claim that it was doing immeasurable good for the recipients. In point of fact, it does far less good that it claims to... Continue Reading →

Enough is enough!

What's not to love about a smiling child opening a box of Christmas treasures? Especially when the child is poor, Third World, and whose parents are unable to provide such wonders. Every year millions of these Christmas boxes are sent all over the world. In the year 2016 the sponsor of these boxes was hoping... Continue Reading →

Friends

Never showing up where you expect In a coffee shop or a party Surprising in the serendipity And the joie d’vivre.. Easy to love Differences make no difference Porous souls welcome you in And invite a closeness uncommon When most erect walls And dig moats to protect, These friends lay bricks that Lead straight to... Continue Reading →

Living As An Exile

It was a Farmer's Market in a large Central Valley city.  A full block of fruits and vegetables, hand made baskets, dog treats, nuts, and cheese.  An adjacent parking lot was completely full of cars on this Saturday morning.  Shorts, tee shirts, jeans, and other casual attire were the dress code. And there!  She stood out.... Continue Reading →

Leading versus “lording”

Jesus was talking to his disciples and he said this.  "You've observed how....rulers throw their weight around and how quickly a little power goes to their heads.  It's not going to be that way with you."  Matthew 20:25, The Message. Jesus' statement came directly after one of his disciples asked for appointment to a seat... Continue Reading →

No Man Is An Island

Seen through the lens of Western culture, the response of the nation of Israel to a man named Achan seems excessive and Taliban-like.  All Achan did was take a little stash for himself from the victorious battle against the Jericho-ites. Who would miss a beautiful robe and a little cash? By the same reasoning, how... Continue Reading →

Narcissus

Echo loved Narcissus His beauty drawing and captivating her. She followed and called out to him But he spurned her love and ran away. Deceit and seduction seized Narcissus because He believed only in himself and His vocabulary was solely I, me, and mine, And he chose silence rather than companionship. When Echo called out... Continue Reading →

What do you want?

Our daughter thought that going to private school was going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. She painted a good picture of how hard life was at her junior high school. She begged and pleaded to make the switch, as soon as possible. When the new school year came, she had not changed... Continue Reading →

We want to sit at the head table.

"You let people walk all over you."  A friend recounted how an advice-giver told him to "get a spine."  Seemed like good advice.  Being everyone's doormat is not a good thing. Although...  Power is funny because it doesn't always give what it promises to its possessor.   Power is good when a solitary individual powerfully... Continue Reading →

Tapping the Brakes

The highway traffic began to slow down.  Sixty-five was the speed limit, but when it hit fifty-five and then forty-five it was obvious that something had happened up ahead.  The curves and elevation changes of the road prevented seeing the cause, but everyone thought that it must be a bad wreck. Forty.  Thirty.  Twenty.  Stop. ... Continue Reading →

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