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 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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November 3 , 2021 /

WAKING UP

Waking up this morning to yesterday’s election results shows what we all know, that this is a country that continues to be polarized, divided and fractured.  Put in context, this is a reinforcement to what happened in 2016 and thereafter for the past five years and honestly, much longer than that. The political divisions are

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September 29 , 2021 /

BEING AND BECOMING

What did 70 years of learning help me “to understand and to appreciate, to celebrate and enjoy and to use most readily in my life and in my work? I learned that most of all, life is about who I am, not simply what I do. I learned that there is an important distinction between

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September 15 , 2021 /

VITRIOL

Like many of you, I am weary of harsh rhetoric. I try to understand the sources, the motivation, the intentions.  The words and language which aim to discredit others, to refute evidence, to attack that which is genuine and credible reveal people who are either misinformed, misled, or sadly mistaken.  Some of the mistakes are

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