Building Bridges

18 months after this column the first residents moved into their cottages at New Beginnings. Someone is standing at an intersection with a sign or maybe they stop by and ask me for help. I never know what to do. I usually pray and hope for discernment. Do they want...

Shackles and pepper spray

Years later I still wonder about these boys… The other day someone slammed a door in my house. It was an unusual event. “Who did that?” “What is wrong?” “Is someone upset?” The perp was identified, the problem was discussed, hugs were shared. Drama over. But I...

Hobbit Spirituality

I think Tolkien knew exactly what he was doing.  TMZ reports that in the span of just 24 hours, Kim Kardashian racked up 42.8 million views on her Snapchat accounts, over 4 million likes on her Instagram posts, and generated 84 million views on Twitter. According to...

Rebuilding

Parents Left Behind continues to provide support and empathy. Sometimes I make a list. It’s an odd list. Perhaps you’ve made it too. I make a list of how fortunate I am: I enjoy the freedoms of America. I have access to great healthcare. I live in a beautiful and...

Predator in the wild

I saw this guy again at a pizza place.  As I walked by I told his date to keep an eye on her drink. Thursday night is date night. So my wife and I have a favorite restaurant we enjoy. One night the main dining room was full so we sat at the bar where food is also...

Sick and stigmatized.

I took this for about a year.  It is a tough drug.  Weaning from it takes months.  But it provided the reset I needed and I am grateful. Though accurate numbers are hard to find, the Center for Disease Control reported in 2014 that 33,285,000 Americans reported using...