The Life and Death Struggle to Belong

“I don’t feel like I belong.” It has taken me a long time to appreciate the power of that statement of Caleb’s. For many years, I downplayed the volcanic power of this cry because I confused...

Conquering the Limits of Willpower

“Shake it off,” we tell our grandchildren when they fall. When the kids were of pre-school age the words of encouragement were “You’re doing it, you’re doing it”. Our exhortations mean to convey ...

Why I Am Still Doing This

Seven years ago my wife spotted a trip to the Holy Land that was within our price range. Since the journey was high on her bucket list, we increased the cash flow of MasterCard and signed on. The...

Who Cares?

Sometimes the choice ‘not to care’ seems the most logical.  The struggle with addiction to drugs and all the attendant issues have been part of our family story for over twenty-five years. The cy...

Where Are We Now?

I am not able to read the signs. And I don’t like it! So far, in this Mexican town, I have mastered the signs indicating Alto, Rosarito and Tijuana. Anything else I’m guessing. I prefer...

Not For the Complacent

Advent is not for the complacent or the entitled.  Advent - the four weeks before Christmas - is for those who long for light, for more joy, hope and peace in their lives and for those who antici...