Turn down the volume!

Turn down the volume!

I’ve noticed that all marketing, in whatever medium it’s found, shows beautiful people, excessively happy, and in impeccable surroundings. They may have discovered the latest and greatest tech device, have just installed a premium, west coast, closet organization...
Balloons? Streamers? Chocolate?

Balloons? Streamers? Chocolate?

Asking any sports fan about his/her favorite team, you would hear more stats than were of the thinnest interest, each player’s plays, their strengths, their scoring totals .  .  . But, do they know these athletes? They’ve likely never met, but there’s a...
When A Friend Listens

When A Friend Listens

What comes to mind when you hear someone say they’re a Spiritual Director? Some think of a Christian Counselor. Others recoil at the title, thinking of earlier experiences with the ‘Shepherding Movement’ that tarnished the church in the 20th century. For others, the...
1+2+3 = not enough yet

1+2+3 = not enough yet

Three blind mice explore an elephant: One, on the elephant’s ear, described the animal as being floppy, like a sheet swaying in the wind, sometimes gently, sometimes with great violence. A second, exploring the trunk, described the elephant as a great long tube,...
With red, heart-shaped boxes?

With red, heart-shaped boxes?

According to the National Retail Federation, you and I spent $25,800,000,000 (yes, that is supposed to be billions!) on recent Valentine’s Day purchases: greetings cards #1, then candy, #2, then flowers, #3. When I visited the card shop looking for that perfect...
As the Spirit Moves

As the Spirit Moves

Around 700 BC, a young Jewish man sees a vision which radically alters the course of his life from that moment and for the next 60 years. Here’s his account of it: “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne – high, exalted! – and the train of...