The Fevers of 2020

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~Ovid Shorter words than normal, folks ... because this week I had the flu. Yes, the chills-fever-nausea-coughing-sneezing-aching-can'tsleep flu. Yes, I was stupid and should have gotten a flu shot. Yes, I'm watching my seven-year-old like he's a hand grenade with a pulled pin ready … Continue reading The Fevers of 2020

Jury Duty

I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of the constitution. ~Thomas Jefferson For once, I have something in common with my two ultra-conservative Missouri Senators: I’m serving jury duty. It is annoying, going to jury duty. I had … Continue reading Jury Duty

The Behind the Scenes Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Lightening makes no sound until it strikes. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. This past weekend we paused to remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who tirelessly fought for racial justice and so eloquently stated the case for freedom and equality that his words still send shivers down our spines. … Continue reading The Behind the Scenes Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

We are all.

Each of us has the moral capacity to make a difference in the lives of others. Your ordinary life lived well is extraordinary—even heroic. So live as God made you. Live for others, be the hero! ~Chris Edmonds I came across the story the other day, somewhere on social media. And sometimes a story just … Continue reading We are all.

Some things change. We remain.

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. ~Andy Warhol We recently went to Chicago - or, as I like to call it, home. I wasn't born in Chicago and I didn't go to school there - but it's the city I grew up in. From my mid-20s to … Continue reading Some things change. We remain.

Go Fly A Kite: the Importance of Patience, Persistence, and a (Last-Minute) Plan

Persistence can grind an iron beam into a needle. ~Chinese proverb Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. ~Napoleon Hill "Go fly a kite" means something different in our family, because of a little ... ahem ... incident a few years ago. Picture a gorgeous fall day. Robin's egg blue sky, a … Continue reading Go Fly A Kite: the Importance of Patience, Persistence, and a (Last-Minute) Plan

Reaching The Believers

You've got to call out evil and lift up justice. ~Rev. Martha Morales (pastor at Claremont United Methodist church, whose nativity scene depicted a separated holy family) Religion has been in the news this week. And not just because it's the holiday season. You've no doubt heard about the Christianity Today editorial that advocated for … Continue reading Reaching The Believers