Recently, I had the best meal of my life (so far). That’s not hyperbole either, it was amazing. The kind of place where you’re afraid someone is going to realize you’re not classy enough to be there, and throw you out. We had the reservation for weeks, and as the day got closer, I became … More Settling for pizza: Spoling your spiritual supper
This year I vow to stop extrapolating, and so should you. I know, it sounds weird, but hang in there. While resolving to cut out junk food, lose weight, or hitting the gym are a bit more mainstream, they all miss a key feature, which in turn lends them to failure. So, what is extrapolation? … More The New Years resolution you never knew you needed
So I talk to people all day, everyday. While I️ love doing it, sometimes you’re just all talked out. I’m especially all talked out when I’m in certain social situations. Getting my haircut is just such an occasion. I’d just as soon sit in awkward silence, than to find things to chat about while someone … More Haircuts and heaven
It’s November, one of my favorite times of year. Fall is as beautiful as it is short. The burst of colors is truly breathtaking, but can be gone in a matter of days. A couple of years ago, we had spectacular color in the trees around our home, the weather was beautiful and as I … More Thankfulness is Who you are, not how you feel
There’s an old adage that states, “good fences make good neighbors”. It’s been around for a long time, but said succinctly by Robert Frost in a poem about two farmers repairing and maintaining their boundaries. The poem makes the point that although it may seem more neighborly to have no fences, it is integral to … More Good fences: the importance of boundaries
We all screw up, sometimes big and sometimes small. When our screw ups hurt others (and most of the time they do), it’s time to set things right. Here’s where things can go from bad to worse. You see, it’s hard to admit when your wrong, and swallowing your pride while spitting out words can … More Why saying sorry is not good enough.
The place where I get my haircut has checkers tables in the waiting room. My son looks forward to every haircut just so he can match wits with me across the table. The trick is, I forgot the rules. I know it sounds silly, but it had been so long since I had played checkers, … More Checkers or chess
I developed a bad habit in medical school. I took up highlighting as a study tool. There's something so academic about thoughtfully marking up a page with a highlighter and silently nodding to yourself. I remember sitting in the library, secretly hoping people saw me diligently pouring over the material with thoughtful consideration for important … More When everything’s important, nothing’s important: the value of prioritizing
Facebook has turned out to be pretty neat. It serves as a scrapbook of my life, and with the "memories" feature, it lets me look back through the years and relive moments I had totally forgotten about. Today was an especially poignant memory. "The house was power washed today, and will be painted by next … More Slated for destruction: are you trying to salvage what God is trying to break apart?
A while back my wife was helping to set up an event at our church building. As we were putting on the final touches the night before, we needed to button something up in the sanctuary. She asked me if I would go along with her. I assumed there was some heavy lifting, or a … More The dark places