vanity

We tend to project our own insights and motivations into the behavior of others. For example, a politician I know often accuses others of doing things simply for political gain, as opposed to honestly "for the good of others." There is, often, no basis for such opinion, and when the accusation is spoken it usually... Continue Reading →

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prayer

The idea of the existence of a god fascinates me. A being that is so big, it spoke the big bang into happening. So infinite that it holds the "infinite" universe like I might hold a towel. So full of omniscience that man's science looks like a toddler discovering his toes. Perhaps even more astounding... Continue Reading →

Scribendo Cogito

I don't always learn by teaching. Sometimes, I learn by conjuring up some humility, reminding myself that I'm not an expert in - well - anything, and finding someone who IS, and then submitting to their instruction. On this point, for the past several years I have been studying mediation and more specifically, conciliation, methods.... Continue Reading →

common denominators 4/?

Right, then. Obviously, by the title, this is installment 4 in a series of some unspecified number of posts.  Ironic maybe that I'm not naming the denominator in my own fractions, but whatever. I would suggest reading 1, 2, & 3 in order to help this one make more sense. What if we look at... Continue Reading →

common denominators 3/?

Unless you're fairly young, haven't studied much history at all, or haven't cared enough about it to remember when you did hear the stories, you've heard of Selma, Alabama. Sadly, it is not famous so much as infamous, like Salem, Massachusetts - its anagram. The common denominator between the two is fierce bravery met with... Continue Reading →

common denominators 2/?

I look forward to this trip every year, for the dual reasons of working with youth at our church camp in Florida and the motorcycle trip down. I pick a different route to the same location every year, and this year I chose to travel a northern route through these southern states, stopping in Oxford, ... Continue Reading →

common denominators 1/?

I'm no mathematician, by any stretch. As a matter of fact, I once met the guy who invented the Apple Airport while he was setting up wifi for the same Belizean village we were in. As I was the cook in our camp, I was making pancakes one morning and he insisted on paying for... Continue Reading →

centered

Balance is challenging but essential. This is not just an abstract, new agey concept, but a very practical one. Without balance we topple, or at least we wobble. From fighters to yogis, we must find our centers. This, for me anyway, is often easier said than done.  Work vs. Family; Faith vs. Reason; Conservative vs.... Continue Reading →

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