What a month it has been. When March started, the world was as normal as it usually is. But now as the month ends tomorrow, what a different world! Much of the world, including where I’m writing, is in lockdown. Not able to go out except for essential items, schedules postponed or cancelled. In our… Read More Crisis Contemplation
What would it look like for the whole world to pause for a season? We are finding out as it unfolds before our eyes. There are three words on my mind and heart right now, words that may in a very small and inarticulate way express some of what we are facing as individuals, families,… Read More Pause, Reset, Shift in 2020
As I write this post there are about twelve hours left in the year and the decade. Asia in several areas has already entered 2020. A word that has kept coming to me as we enter a new year is shift. There are global shifts ahead of us in the coming year and certainly in… Read More End of year and decade musings
It is a month of social interaction, whether related to the lead up to Christmas or Hannukkah or Kwanzaa, or to this coming week’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. That means getting invited to parties, special dinners, food-filled celebrations. Or not. Since 1996 a social anxiety condition called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) has been known… Read More FOMO or FOBLO????? Or Both?
We have finished the first week of another School of Redemptive History. There have been many highlights as we look deeply into history and ponder the mysteries and challenges of what has gone before. But one statement of our first week speaker has struck me very hard: If you love people you will love pain.… Read More ‘If you love people you will love pain’
If you have read my blog before, you have seen posts on Asian history and its often surprising (to some) place of having the first universities, a strong Christian faith until the 14th century, having the first hospitals and much more. Asia was also very inter-connected through the silk roads and its many branches, both… Read More The Future is Asian
In the 1990’s I read a lot of leadership books. I guess I thought I could be a better leader if I did. But leadership is mostly formed in the trenches and with suffering, and most of whatever I know has been fought for there. There were several authors I learned from like Warren Bennis,… Read More Leadershift for the 21st century
If we are active on social media, or even if we are not, it is quite likely that we are in a “filter bubble” as we start the new year of 2019. “Filter bubble” is a recent expression coined by Internet activist and author Eli Pariser, referring to a kind of intellectual isolation. It is… Read More Are you in a “filter bubble” starting 2019?
On a walk in a Portland neighborhood with my sister and brother recently, a rather scary scene greeted us. It was a skeleton reaching out from the earth skywards, a grimace on its skull. Then I remembered it was the day before Halloween. (and yes, I am the kind of person who takes photos of… Read More The Power of the Past to Haunt Us