Jan to June 2017

Rain Gauge Dads

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In my hometown, my dad was part of a coffee group. It was made up of men from this small town who met, I’m sure, to solve the world’s problems.  The coffee klatch included our neighbor who was a lawyer. After a rain, my dad would sneak over and put a bit of water in […]

Jan to June 2017

Doesn’t Capture It

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We were fortunate to be able to travel to Alaska. When we arrived, our friend took us to an overlook area where many of the mountain peaks were visible. It was a beautiful, clear day and the views were gorgeous. I took many photos and when I looked at the images, I said to my […]

Jan to June 2017

How Do You See?

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In a previous lifetime, I was a middle school science teacher. I’ve always been fascinated by science and the discoveries that have been made and yet to be made.  I came across an article about eyes. While the human eye is very complex and capable, the animal world can teach us something out how we […]

Jan to June 2017

Now It’s Our Turn

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I work for an organization that has provided loans and scholarships to United Methodist students for over 150 years.  Recently, the office sent me some folders to look through. Most were inquiries and response letters from the 1960’s related to peoples’ interest in providing will or estate gifts to support these students. A couple things […]

Jan to June 2017

Be a Bridge

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Human sexuality and the church isn’t something I really thought I’d write about or frankly even want to write about. I spent a few days in San Francisco for a seminar, a city that sort of makes you deal with the issue. On Sunday, I attended worship at Glide Memorial Church. They have a long […]

Jan to June 2017

Trust, Hope, Promise

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Our weather hasn’t really decided which season it is in, so it’s giving us all four. All these daily changes made me think about the years that I delivered newspapers. The day started early and began by counting out the newspapers and loading the bags strapped across both shoulders. Even though it is many years […]

Jan to June 2017

We Aren’t Provided Tomorrow

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This was one of those weeks.  Two people died unexpectedly.  Neither I knew well, but well enough. The brother of one of my good friends fell down a flight of steps, suffered significant injuries, and it didn’t end well.  The other was a person I’d served on a community board with and died very unexpectedly […]

Jan to June 2017

Game Day

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My older brother is into games. Like incredibly into games. He has more games than I have clothes, belongs to a gaming society, and has invented several games. My brother actually met a guy at a gas station to trade games (I still imagine trench coats, sunglasses, and fedoras being involved). Our grandkids are getting […]

Jan to June 2017

Face-to-Face

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I attended a meeting in Chicago and we had an evening meal with a local church that has seen its neighborhood change.  Like many congregations, the choices are adapt or fail.  This small congregation has decided to embrace refugee and immigrant families and reformat its future. After sharing a meal together, families from different continents […]

Jan to June 2017

Being Alone, Alive

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Everyone spends part of their lives alone. Even in the midst of the busiest cities, even when surrounded by people, we can be alone. Starting a job where I work out of our home and travel, I’ve been spending more time alone. It’s different. It’s not that I have much to complain about – it’s […]