Bishop Curry’s Sermon and Letters to Our Little Roses
, May 22, 2018
A few days ago, billions of people tuned in to watch a fairy tale. We cheered and teared up as we celebrated Harry and Meghan's wedding. For me, it was the fiery sermon by Bishop Michael Curry that put love at the center of the celebration.
, March 23, 2018
Wow. I stopped scrolling through my Facebook feed to read what my friend Roger had posted. "Kids nowadays", he started. I thought he was complaining about kids of this generation losing their manners or acting weird. Boy, was I wrong. "Kids nowadays: These kids today are making the world a better place. A safer place." The post was accompanied by a photo of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez (@Emma4Change) holding a sign: #NeverAgain.
AA Changed My Life
, January 17, 2018
In a tiny coffee shop in Toronto, my friend Pierre* asked me to accompany him to his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He wore a tan corduroy jacket, and he fidgeted with the fleece collar as he explained how nervous he was about going to the meeting. He had spent the night before looking for an A.A. venue in Toronto where no one would recognize him. He settled for a meeting in the basement of a church in the North West. I told him I was happy to accompany him. Pierre smiled at that. But I had lied. I had no desire to attend an A.A. meeting. I didn’t have a drinking problem, but I was afraid the meeting would force me to ponder about my own unhealthy habits.
Five Lessons I Learned Running My First Marathon
, November 15, 2017
I stood outside the Pentagon as dawn rose and thousands of runners made their way to the starting line. I walked up toward the start line and assembled myself at the corral for my projected time. Showered with red dawn light, I warmed up and said a prayer. As paratroopers rained on us waving giant American flags, I updated my Facebook status and waited for the cannon that would mark the start of the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon.
Meditation for People in a Hurry
, August 9, 2017
I think I'll content myself with stargazing and wondering. – An astrophysicist-wanna-be
Dismantling Racism with a Chainsaw
, May 3, 2017
Like a young George Washington with his trusty ax, a member of our youth group prepared to limb the felled tree with a chainsaw. M took in the sights of this local cemetery. He placed the saw on the ground and pulled the starter rope. Vroom! The chainsaw started. M was on his way to creating a more inclusive community – with the help of a chainsaw.
Lenten Marriage Project: Communication that Connects
, March 8, 2017
In our marriage, Julie and I have noticed that unattended tension shows its ugly face in our morning routine. The stress of the day(s) before, including parenting disagreements, dealing with a hectic schedule, and not making enough time for the other can bubble over into the morning. That coupled with the rush to get ready and out the door can put us in a less-than-loving mood.
, January 18, 2017
My wife Julie and I have known each other for three years. I wish we remembered the exact date. We don’t. We know it was either the second or fourth Wednesday in October of 2013 – around noon. We remember this because we know the exact place we met: the Toastmasters club at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Fantastic Humans and Where to Find Them
, November 30, 2016
It's 1926. An absentminded magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City. As Scamander disembarks at Ellis Island, a customs official questions him about the contents of his suitcase. The expanding suitcase is full of magical livestock, but Newt is able to hide the magic from the No-Maj (muggle or non-magical) official. Among the fantastic beasts in his suitcase: a nifler (a mischievous platypus-looking creature with an attachment to sparkling objects); several occamys (aggressive winged serpents with the ability to shift size); a thunderbird (a giant eagle with the ability to create storms); and a variety of other magical creatures.
The Boy With the Pull-Along Wagon
, October 6, 2016
On Thursday mornings, Lazarus food pantry volunteers distribute love in the form of smiles, warm greetings, and food to our neighbors in need in the City of Alexandria. The Meade Room is transformed into a mart of kindness and comestibles. One by one, our neighbors are warmly greeted by a love-in-motion coordinator and assigned a beatitudes-hero to guide them through tables with non-perishables, meats, vegetables, bread, and an assortment of fresh items.