Losing the Masks this Lent

I was reading something that Marilyn Monroe wrote and it really resonated with me. Monroe wrote, “I’m finding that sincerity, and to be [as] simple and direct as I’d like, is often taken for sheer stupidity.” There is truth in her words. Sincerity and simplicity are not often-prized in modern times.  Rather, from the timeContinue reading “Losing the Masks this Lent”

Commandments for the New Year

Discipline. Most New Year’s resolutions are all about discipline. We resolve to start working out, to start eating better, to get organized. We are determined to do better, be better. New Year’s resolutions are widely considered to be good, socially-respected forms of self-determination. Contrast the word “resolution” with the word “commandment,” however, and you willContinue reading “Commandments for the New Year”

Reconciling the Age of Documentation

The start of the school year reminds me that we live in the Age of Documentation.  There are endless forms on every front. Regardless of profession, nearly everything we do has to be documented today. We document to mitigate liability, to plead our case with insurance companies, to defend our efforts on all fronts. Everything weContinue reading “Reconciling the Age of Documentation”

Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen

As I sat by the shore, warm sand underfoot, cool waves misting before me, my mind started to wander to the blue horizon.  Perhaps it was a recent game of pirate-themed, mini-golf that led to thoughts of mermaids in the sea…mermaids with long and beautiful hair.  Thoughts of long and beautiful hair led to thoughtsContinue reading “Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen”

“They will know you by your love”

The other day, I was driving to work when I came upon an accident. One car had rear-ended another car. It’s a common occurrence in our region – too many cars, too little space, too many distractions. What was unique about this accident though was the response of the police officer at the scene. HeContinue reading ““They will know you by your love””

We are so blessed

The latest news says that Meriam Ibrahim is safe at the US Embassy in Kartoum. If you haven’t heard the story of this 27 year-old woman, let me brief you. This woman was born in Sudan to an Ethiopian Christian mother and Sudanese Muslim father. Her father left her family when she was just six.Continue reading “We are so blessed”

“God is in the Details”

So, I have to give credit where credit is due. My friend, Mary Ann, just gave me the title for this post when I told her this story a few minutes ago. Listen to this. As often happens, I got busy with the end of the school year activities, work, and life in general and againContinue reading ““God is in the Details””