The Power of Forgiveness on Display in Charleston

There’s power, mighty power, in the declarations of forgiveness made by the relatives and friends of Dylann Roof’s murder victims. Less than forty-eight hours after Roof opened fire in a Wednesday night prayer meeting at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal … Continue reading

The Secret to Strength and Growth – It’s Not What You Think It Is

Hang around a health club, and you’ll meet the die-hards. The ones you don’t talk to for fear of breaking their focus. The ones with a list of their upper body, lower body, cardio, interval training, strength and flexibility workouts … Continue reading

Finding Hope on the Wings of Butterflies and Birds

In the middle of a May week full of parties and ceremonies to commemorate achievement and new beginnings, I received notice of a friend’s death. The wedding date was saved months ago, the ordination service announced weeks ago, and my … Continue reading

Grandma, the Twentieth Century and the iWatch

A banner headline on Apple’s web site announces, “The Watch is here.” Launch date for the iWatch was April 24, 2015 though only the earliest pre-orders could be fulfilled. There is buzz, there is hype, and there is momentum. The … Continue reading

Whose Words Do You Treasure?

“Who are some of your favorite authors?” the seminary student inquired of the guest speaker, a veteran ministry leader. “The dead ones,” she replied. She went on to explain, “It’s easy to write a book when you’re on the upswing … Continue reading

All I Needed to Know I Learned in First Grade

Published in 1988, the book All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten made a splash. American pastor Robert Fulghum compiled 50 short essays originally written to friends and family about essential lessons he learned early that adults would … Continue reading

Found Yourself Saying, “But I Did All the Right Things”?

The recipe promised a quick and easy quiche dinner with no need to roll out a crust, instead the ingredients would separate during baking. A lovely crust would form on the bottom while the bacon, eggs and cheese gently browned … Continue reading

Yoga Class Reprise – Touching Each Other’s Lives

Today I returned to my favorite yoga class to celebrate the two-month anniversary of my surgery. At my last pre-surgery class in early January, two people made unhelpful comments which I wrote about here. This time the instructor welcomed me … Continue reading

An Average Blog Post

The first point of ten under the Stress Test Conclusions heading was, “Exercise capacity was good and average.”  Point ten concluded, “Findings consistent with … average conditioning… Exercise capacity was average.” There it was, three times in half a page, … Continue reading

Suggestions for Dealing with Medical News

Last week a well-meaning woman I didn’t know overheard me tell our yoga instructor that I wouldn’t be able to come to class for two months due to upcoming surgery. She was stricken, ashen, and continued the conversation as we … Continue reading