Three Roses


In my youth, I emerged from a dysfunctional and alcoholic family unaware of my wounds and deformities.  My father had barely spoken to me over my first 18 years of life, and my mother lacked any semblance of boundaries.  The result was a young man craving a family and a...

An Average Pooh Bear: An End. And a Beginning


This is the last reference, in non-fiction, referring to the church, for the remainder of my life. (Short of a need to defend myself. perhaps) Today I am bathing in the awareness of how much my life has been healed by the planet on which it walks, lives, breathes, and...

The second family


It was overwhelming to receive hundreds of emails (literally, I stopped counting after 200) high-fiving me about something I wrote in a recent thought-offering.  I  tend not to be the guy who looks at reader metrics.  There is no time for that kind of narcissism and besides, it is usually...

Ten Habits in 2022


Daily habits are the secret sauce to a productive and efficient life. Had I found stoicism as a child, and had I not suffered from so much abandonment and abuse as a child, I would never have chosen the church and never stayed inside it for so long. But now...

Bless the heart, not the land.


Fear is the secret sauce of religion.  Were one to look through the history of religion, one would see quickly, the ways in which failed crops, drought, disease, economic collapse, the loss of battles or the loss of a child would throw a king or queen, bishop or lord into...

A meditation on what’s important


It feels like a million years ago that I was a busy Christian. What do I mean by that term?  My worldview was magical.  I believed that God literally counted, cared about, and tracked every hair on my head.  Nowadays, with substantially less hair, I have begun to rethink this...

Christmas


This is Sugar-the-dog.  She received a toy from my family that had not been wrapped.  Under the tree, she spied it and with great and determined stealth, she retrieved it.  Early.  She seems not to mind much about the decorum of waiting until Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day.  She...