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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November 29 , 2021 /

ADVENT 2021

The word advent comes from the Latin prefix ‘ad-‘ meaning ‘to’ and the root ‘venire’ meaning ‘come’. The English word is derived from the Latin ‘adventus’ meaning ‘arrival’.Advent in the Christian tradition is preparation for the arrival of Christmas and includes the 4 Sundays and weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of

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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 11 , 2021 /

DESIGNING PERSONAL CHANGE

When you look at where you are, who you are and how you got here, it is unlikely the same kind of thinking and acting will get you to where you want to be.  Marshall Goldsmith summed it up well with a book title, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.”  (Hachette Books, 2007)

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