January 8 , 2022 /

AN EXERCISE IN SOLITUDE

Preparing and beginning another journey, an adventure into solitude. Having been here before, I am welcomed and embraced by an old friend. “Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain

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December 29 , 2021 /

MANY SIDES OF ONE

I am a son, a grandson, a brother, a husband, a father, a cousin, an uncle, a brother-in-law, son-in-law and a grandfather. I have been or I am a student, a pastor, a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a professor, an instructor, a teacher, a department head, a coach, a principal, a head of school, a trustee,

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December 14 , 2021 /

LIGHT

As I lit the fire in the fireplace, I remembered that December 21 is Winter solstice here in the northern hemisphere.   Then I looked across the room and there is our little 3’ Christmas tree, lights blazing away.               Outside in the front of our house is another tribute

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December 9 , 2021 /

TOO MUCH AND NOT ENOUGH

What tipped me over the edge this week were the two pictures of elected officials’ families with children holding lethal weapons and the sick joke from one of the parents’ note to Santa, “Please bring ammo.”  Enough already, more than enough, over the top.  I can opt out of the news and social media and

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December 3 , 2021 /

MOMENTS BEING IN THE ETERNAL NOW

An early morning walk, on a path, through the trees, along a river, winding this way and that, soft steps in sandy soil underfoot, a few yellow leaves starting to fall from the cottonwood trees. Aware of a slight, cool breeze from the south until turning north, occasional warm sun coming through the treetops.  Two

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November 21 , 2021 /

FULL OF GRACE

Almost exactly a year ago this day, I posted this for Thanksgiving and re-reading it, thought it worth repeating. We have all had quite a year for many different reasons, Covid being among the top several.  I will forego listing the others. Each of you has your own list. This Thanksgiving week is a very

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