Month: December 2016

2016: The Year in Pictures

photography, pictures

As some of you know, I enjoy taking pictures – and then finding something to say.

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

“In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’” Joshua 4:21-22 I’ve been thinking about a time when I wanted to know about the meaning of the stones in my father’s life. Like so many others outside our family I had grown up on his almost countless aphorisms and phrases like “Wa ...[Read More]

I Don't Feel Your Pain

I Don't Feel Your Pain

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them…” Matthew 6:9 During a meeting last month, one of my friends quoted President Obama, “The biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit.” None of us disagreed or questioned him. After all, with every horrifying situation in the world how could anyone doubt what we need is more empathy? I would have sa ...[Read More]

Keeping a Soft Heart in Hard Times

Keeping a Soft Heart in Hard Times

I love the martial arts choreography in movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I asked a black belt friend how he hardened his hands for real (not staged) competition. It seemed easy enough. Set up a five-gallon bucket of white rice and punch your hands in it 10-12 times in a row five times a day. When that no longer hurts use a five-gallon bucket of dry beans for several weeks and then gradua ...[Read More]