Competition, this never-ending desire to be the best, is a heartless master. It drives us, seeps into our daily lives and national discourse and doesn’t let go. It is in our educational system, our media, our churches, our national holidays. Self and national promotion has become so normal that we don’t think twice about, never… Read More Why does it matter if America is or isn’t the greatest country in the world?
Isolation is an enemy that causes a great amount of pain. It places us in a box, often of our own choosing, and yields few ways out. At times in my life, I have known periods of isolation. I hope I never live in it again. This is different from the need for solitude,… Read More Never Train Alone
We all have ‘unsafe places’. Struggles, complexities, people, moments and long seasons in our life stories that cause us to want to shut down and stay far away. These things are normally places of pain that by definition seem better denied and not owned. They are ‘unsafe’ because to allow them freedom in memory and… Read More Going to our ‘unsafe places’ can create safe zones for others
Originally posted on Marilyn R. Gardner:
The peach looked beautiful. It had the feel of a peach that was ripe but not too ripe and it smelled perfect. Inside it was rotten to the core. I discovered this as I was cutting it into slices. So beautiful on the outside, so rotten on the inside.…
Irregardless of the politics involved in the present issues in North and Central America, there is something very wrong about the nature of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy. In anything. I do not pretend to understand the complexities of the immigration issues on the US southern borders. I know that illegal immigration has been a problem for… Read More No ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy
It’s been a strange week. The images of the North Korean leader meeting with a USA President for the first time in history seemed surreal, somehow not able to be believed. Yet it was happening. We were just in Singapore on Sentosa Island, the site of the meeting, a few months ago, and knowing Singapore… Read More Applied Hope in a Dark World
It’s written in fairly small print at the bottom of most side mirrors in cars. A curious phrase really. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. This is meant, presumably, to have you not rely on what you see in your mirror of the approaching car, but instead realize that it is actually much closer. But who… Read More Objects in Future are Closer than They Appear