Category Archives: General

A Few Things I Just Don’t Get

He threw his hands in the air and said in a voice loud enough to hear all over the store, “I just don’t get it!” I don’t know what had so baffled him that he became that incredulous in Target, but he was clearly puzzled and exasperated. It got me thinking about how many times I’ve felt the way he… (more…)

It Takes a Bigger Man

I guess I’m a small man – in terms of character. I’m gracious when I lose at sports. But when I, or my side, suffer loss in the arena if ideas, I am not so gracious. Ideas and philosophies regarding politics or any other area of life that lends itself to good and bad or right and wrong these are… (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…)

The Price of Gas

Okay, here’s the deal. I am a free market capitalist. I think the market should drive the cost of goods and services. I’m not against profits. But I have to say that I’m against crooked thieves who practice gouging, extortion and screwing the consumer because they can. There are many elements in this equation, but I want to just address… (more…)

Recommended Resolutions

As you know, I haven’t posted an article since mid December. I’ve been looking for a voice. I want to say things here that matter and that have relevance. I want this spot and the 3 minutes a week that you spend here to be worthwhile. I honestly don’t think there is anything great about my thoughts or words. But… (more…)

The Most Powerful Force

I haven’t thrown out a hot opinion like this in a long time. I’ve come to a conclusion, and it’s a little radical, but I think I’m right on this and feel free to throw down your own HSO (hot spiritual opinion) if you like. (I’m sure the theologians will dismantle me on this, but think it through.)  Love is… (more…)

A Learning Road Trip – Part 2

On the second portion of Learning Journey, I drove from Wheaton, Illinois to my adopted hometown of Kirksville, Missouri. It was a nice drive on a perfect day. I stopped in Quincy, Illinois for a visual visit to a couple places we lived when I was a boy. I also wanted to see the church building that played a big… (more…)

A Learning Road Trip – Part 1

I spent most of last week in Wheaton, (Chicago) Illinois. I was attending the Write to Publish conference. It was a long week – not bad long, just long. I felt like I needed some car-time so I decided to fly to St. Louis and then drive up to the conference. It was a great plan.  On the drive up,… (more…)