My beloved great-grandmother emigrated from Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) at age 18 and yet never learned English. They lived in a little “Bo-honk” enclave in rural North Dakota, a place where they could maintain the old customs and minimize the need to adapt. Still, after she developed dementia, she walked incessantly around her house until she’d worn … Continue reading What’s In Your Hand
I'm letting myself free-fall into Advent this year, thanks largely to Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Year ago, Advent was very meaningful to me, a time of anticipation and waiting. But hey, I've been a follower of Jesus for a long time, and even the best practices grow overly-familiar with time; their salt loses its savor. Our kids … Continue reading Free-Falling into Advent
Probably every writer's greatest blessing is when a reader quotes back from memory something you wrote which touched, challenged or encouraged them. This happened for me recently when someone told me that my definition of "generosity" in my book After the Trip: Unpacking Your Crosscultural Experience had really stuck with him. He reminded me that I … Continue reading Les Vulnérables
I heard a phrase today which took on a whole new meaning for me. When I was growing up, “Back-to-School” meant meeting new teachers, getting ‘school clothes’ and holding a brand-new notebook and unchewed pencils. It was an annual ritual marking the end of my summer freedom and of the adults in my life trying … Continue reading Back to School
It was one of those times when it all caught up to me. Nicholas Kristof's recent article, "This Pandemic Is Bringing Another With It" is a riveting litany of the potentially catastrophic impacts from COVID-19 on the poorest nations of our world. His is just one of the resources available on the topic (he cites several … Continue reading Christ Has No Body But Yours
I'm not a big Facebook user, but this morning I posted a couple items, back-to-back. One of them received plenty of smiles and thumbs-up, but hours later I was quite surprised to discover not a single "Like" or comment or acknowledgement of any kind for the other one. I don't believe I've ever had that … Continue reading We’re Number One!
Our entire world suddenly finds itself on a "virtual vision trip." We have embarked an unplanned and unscheduled journey, one that none of us ever signed up for, courtesy of COVID-19. We have traveled to a strange place, one previously unknown to us. We are facing discomfort and insecurity. We are ill at ease and … Continue reading A Virtual Vision Trip
Our friend Cleo lives in Hong Kong, where she and her two sons aged 9 and 13 have been in a virtual coronavirus lockdown for six weeks and counting. Things are now slowly returning to a new normal there. Please SHARE her tips and experience with anyone, especially parents, who could use some inspiration and … Continue reading Special Guest Post… A Dispatch from our Near Future: Finding, Surviving & Thriving in the New Normal
We're living through an extraordinary and historical time. The coronavirus is causing gatherings, events and much of life to grind to a halt. Mission San Juan Capistrano even told the swallows not to return on St. Joseph's Day! Markets are whipsawing and free-falling. And who even remembers we're in the midst of a heated Presidential … Continue reading We’re the Elephants
This past Sunday I sang in my first concert in a few years, this time as part of a mixed choral group called the Festival Singers. Janet said I often had a huge smile on my face and seemed to really enjoy myself. Though the concert came after only three weeks of rehearsals with the … Continue reading Keep Singing!