In the early 1980s, I was in a store that sold records (vinyl, back in the day) and a friend walked in. I was telling her that I was going to buy an album by a fellow who was at the top of the charts. I said that I liked his music, but he alsoContinue reading “Celebrity dirt and cancel culture”
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40) When I was in elementary school, our custodians were Jerome, John, and Emma. They were the ones who cleaned up when somebody dropped a jar ofContinue reading “‘The Least of These’”
Last weekend, my wife and I were traveling to a race about 1.5 hours from home. As is often the case, I was playing DJ, selecting song after song, somewhat in a stream of consciousness. Because I am passionate about music and the lyrics to any song I like are important to me, I foundContinue reading “The Quality of Passion”
On most mornings, I repeat to myself the words of John Wooden: “Make each day your masterpiece.” Some days seem closer to bringing this about than others, but I don’t know that it will be ever be possible to live every minute to my highest standards, simply because being human means we won’t be perfect.Continue reading “What are your goals?”
“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” James Allen When I was small, my friends and I would lie on recliners in the back yard on Friday nights and gaze at the stars. Our futures were entirely in front of us and we would speak as ifContinue reading “How big do you want your life to be?”
Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? (Mary Oliver) I used to work with a fellow who, like me, arrived early in the morning. When I’d see him, I’d ask how he was and most mornings he would respond by saying, entirely sarcastically, “Living the dream.” I never told himContinue reading “A Meaningful Life, part 1: Your Occupation”
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero The beauty of a sunrise or sunset A close-knit family Hours of time spent with friends A job I love Being a father Legs that carry me places Things that make me laugh The miracle and joyContinue reading “Things I Will Not Take for Granted”
Though I’ve had a deep and abiding belief in God since childhood, I’ve never really understood why He chooses to intervene in humanity sometimes and not in others. I’ve only had what I would say is one supernatural experience of God. This is the story of that event. Growing up with two parents who wereContinue reading “A Divine Intervention”
Among the reasons life can be tricky is that we hear mixed messages. Many of these sound good and make sense. A friend and I were discussing the other day about delayed gratification versus seizing the moment. “Haste makes waste,” but “Stop waiting for things to happen and go out and make them happen”. RalphContinue reading “Things You Should Not Put Off Indefinitely”
Back in the mid-1900s, anyone attending a Chicago Cubs game would have been greeted by an Andy Frain usher. These gentlemen were usually tall, unfailingly neat and well-groomed, and were representative of their namesake. I have a friend who grew up in the Chicago area. Once, he was at a Cubs game and struck up aContinue reading “This Is It”
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