“Christians” Come Together in Tough Times…Always! Right? Christ Followers Would…or Should

  Our world is in crisis. We are in a mess in the natural world, the political world, the social world and the spiritual world. We may not be able to hold back a storm, but we can help people deal with disasters. The “news” of the weather and the earthquakes and the fires  etc.…

Not Yesterday or Tomorrow but Now…Right Now

Will you take a little journey with me? I know that life is really busy and that neither you or I have very much time…but let’s try to take a break each day for at least a few minutes? Breathe with me. Let’s be present in the moment that we are in… What is happening…

The View

Christmas displays have been out in stores since before Halloween. My neighborhood and community are bedazzled with blinking lights and blowup Grinch Santa’s on Sleighs and ten foot plastic snow globes. Wreaths and ribbons & Holly and Jolly are wrapped around doors and mailboxes and tree trunks galore. Me, myself and I have three bins…

You are NOT a Witch

I read a very interesting article by Father Augustine Thompson professor of religious studies at St. Albert’s Priory. The article talks about the origins of Halloween as a Christian rather than pagan celebration, as often supposed. And how to  best use these special days of Oct 31st, Nov 1st and 2nd, to recover the original meaning of…

Un Loved Languages

Discussing “Love Languages” with a 13 year old is not a very productive use of time. A couple of nights ago when I attempted it, there was more than a little bit of eye-rolling, snorting and grunting…and then there was an actual physical exodus away from my irritating presence. There she went…out of the kitchen…

Coming Full Circle -Again

The beginning of the summer 2014 began my kooky journey. I thought I had been knocked off of my “Comfy Couch” a time or two before…but not really. Physical discomfort and emotional discomfort cannot begin to compare with spiritual discomfort. Physical and emotional discomfort can usually be remedied by time/ rest/ medicine/ therapy/ the removal…

Words Upon Waking from a Dream (or Nightmare)

I had troubling dreams last night. The dreams were not induced by late-night spicy Mexican food or dark chocolate no- flour truffle cake. I can’t blame an over-active imagination brought about by Summer-thriller movies as I have not seen any movies or watched any television…or even read any novels for quite a while. I would…

Don’t Pinch that Red Balloon Shut – a Life Lesson

If you were a kid in the 1970’s or 60’s or maybe 50’s…you may recall a short film called, “The Red Balloon”. It was a story about a Parisian boy who comes across a VERY RED balloon. The Red Balloon has a mind of it’s own and follows the boy all around his neighborhood. The…

Christian Religion in America Declining…( what to do what to do?)

I just read an article this morning about the latest Pew Study on Christian Religion in America. Today 25.4% of the population considers itself “Evangelical” versus 26.8% seven years ago. “Catholics” made up 24%…now it’s 21%. “Protestants” were 18% and now they are down to 14.7%. Twenty-three percent of the 35,000 people in the study…

Hell in the Tiny Kingdom – Personality Disorders Running Rampant

Terror in the Tiny Kingdom Tyranny in the Tiny Kingdom Travesty in the Tiny Kingdom Trapped in the Tiny Kingdom  All of these would be such great titles for Fictional books or Fictional movies. Picture the setting. A little Utopia. All of the people are beautiful and brilliant. Their houses, lawns, children and pets are…

Insidious – A Real Horror Story

We get an uneasy vibe. But It assures us that It is our Friend.  It schmoozes and simpers. We don’t recognize It as disingenuous because It has a smile on Its lips. After a time, after a close look, the smile begins to make us uncomfortable. The problem seems to be, that there is a smile…