Category Archives: Life

A Belonging Place

Two weeks ago, I took my daughter to see the movie, Australia. Despite what the critics had to say, we thought it was a great movie. I encourage you to set aside three hours and go see it. The primary characters are Lady Ashley (Sarah), an aristocratic English woman, Drover an Australian cowboy and Nullah a half white, half Aborigines… (more…)

Christmas Trees and People

When I was a teenager, our parents let the four of us kids drive out to the Christmas tree farm east of Kirksville to pick and cut down the family tree. I think the price in 1975 was $8.00 if you cut it yourself. We loaded into the station wagon, my sister Cindy drove. We arrived at the lot with… (more…)

Thank You for Hearing Me

I have one of those clocks with two alarms. When the first rings, I usually shut it off, turn off the fan, turn on the radio, and climb back under the covers. Fifteen minutes later the second alarm goes off. I sometimes doze off during this intermission, but sometimes I pray. This morning I strolled into prayer for one of… (more…)

Speak the Truth Always…

Are you as tired of seeing pro athletes beg for penalties as I am? In football and basketball, it’s as common as the high five. I was watching a flag football game a few weeks ago waiting for Caleb’s game to begin when the blue team threw a long pass down field. The receiver failed to make the catch, and… (more…)

Do We Need a Stimulus?

Well the geniuses in Washington have decided that we need yet another Stimulus Package. The money they sent earlier this year apparently wasn’t enough. The 700 billion was for the bankers, but now they think they need to give US (the people) some money too. They hope we will use the money to buy or “invest”. Do you see that… (more…)

Character and the Poisoned Waterhole

When I was doing youth ministry, one of the questions parents asked me regularly was, “How do I keep my kid from getting in with the wrong crowd?” The question stretches into the world of celebrity, pro sports, business – yes and even churches. The wrong crowd will always poison the waterhole of character.   In the wrong crowd, there… (more…)

Putting Away Our Badges

When I was a boy, I was in Webelos. This is the extent of my scouting career. I remember it as fun. I loved to earn badges and patches. In the course of the year that I was a Webelo I earned several. I don’t have any idea what happened to them. I suppose they lost their significance in my… (more…)

Mt. Elbert 2 / Taylors 0

In spite of great planning, good preparation and even a good bounce from time to time, things can go from good to bad in a hurry. Last week, my brother and I took a trip back to Colorado to climb Mount Elbert.  I say back because we were there twelve years ago and we got close to the top, but… (more…)

Get Your Skywalker On

Last summer they showed up looking scary and vicious. They have reddish-brown wings, black bodies with yellow stripes. We thought they were hornets, but they are Cicada Killer Wasps. Last year, they were a nuisance, this year they were a plague of not quite biblical proportions. The male of the species cannot sting. The females are twice the size of… (more…)

A Case for Optimism

I love the movie, The Postman. It got a bad rap. The year is 2013; there is no government and no communication. There are militias that rule over various territories. The Postman (Costner) is a drifter trying to survive. He finds a bag of mail and a skeleton wearing a postal workers uniform. He assumes the identity of the Postman… (more…)