In Times Like These*

In Times Like These*

When groups of friends gather (remember those days?) conversation flows in and out in lots and lots of directions, kind of like murmuration, the phenomenon of thousands of starlings swooping and swirling in the sky, creating mesmerizing, beautiful patterns seemingly...
CAUTION: Extreme Sport Ahead

CAUTION: Extreme Sport Ahead

Many would say I have a genetic deficiency and maybe their judgment would be correct. (Not being one to judge, I’ll simply store the collective verdicts for future sermon illustrations.) However, were I to assume the judge & jury role I might consider the...
Setting in, January 2018

Setting in, January 2018

It’s like my smartphone knew I needed a little walk down memory lane so one day, randomly, it lit up showing a photo it was storing for me (does your phone do that, too?) This was one of the first I took as I was beginning to settle in to my new 60ft2  (6m2)...
There’s a buzz in the air!

There’s a buzz in the air!

A cartoon by Gary Larson of ‘The Far Side’ fame: Two mosquitos have landed on the arm of their victim. One is so busy at the ‘filling station’ she doesn’t notice that she’s totally bloated, eyes bulging, and actually hovering while still stuck in! Her panicked friend...
Clear Skies Ahead

Clear Skies Ahead

The note inside the Christmas card read: “We’re glad to have 2020 in the rearview mirror.” We smile at the sentiment chock-full of wit and sarcasm, more humorous for its understatement. The less funny side is that it nearly begs us (okay, begs me) to launch into a...
A Perfect Twelve

A Perfect Twelve

It’s maybe an insignificant thing, but have you ever noticed how it’s enough to send thoughts and memories and ideas spooling off like cotton candy onto a paper cone, one leading to another, not necessarily related, not necessarily even congruent with those preceding?...
Could you define that for me?

Could you define that for me?

I love dictionaries! In grade school, we had a dark wooden lectern at the front of our classrooms with an enormously thick tome laying open; an invitation to the curious to come up to be educated. One teacher, her name, Mrs. Hazel Carnahan, was thrilled when one of...
“.  .  . and we’re off!”

“. . . and we’re off!”

‘Be careful what you ask for!’ How many times have you heard that warning? There are, I am sure, times in all our lives when we’ve paid the price for want of caution. But I am proposing a re-write for the New Year, a variation on the theme: ‘Be daring in what you ask...
Our Cup Runneth Over

Our Cup Runneth Over

It’s New Year’s Eve, the ultimate day of 2020, the 7th Day of Christmas. It’s a time of saying hello, of saying goodbye, and of continuing in celebration of the One whose Light lights up all the gaps between our hellos and goodbyes. Speaking of Jesus, the Light, he...
5 Days, Really?

5 Days, Really?

How many parents, with a five-day-old baby in the house, could be overheard saying, “Well, that whole baby thing is over”? Not having been in that position, my guess is, on the contrary, that thoughts of potential, personality, education, career, the future, as well...

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