Why Bother To Have Hope?

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope -. Martin Luther The Advent Season begins with lighting the Prophecy Candle representing Hope.  Why have hope? It’s such an elusive and squishy idea in today’s world.  More in the line of wishful thinking.  In most cases. the words “I hope so” have a […]


How To Let The Five Candles Of Advent Refresh And Renew

the “Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!” – Pope Francis The season of Advent is well underway, a season of expectation leading up to Christmas Day. But what are we expecting?  I am going to avoid ragging about the pressure […]

How Air Traffic Control Calmly Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson Celebrates Thanksgiving.  The day before Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest travel days of the year.  This is true of all modes […]


From The Blackness Of Nothing – A Video Tribute To Dad In His Own Words

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.” – Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts has a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to summarize […]

Joyful Wishes For A Season Of Thanksgiving And Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus Sending joyful wishes to you and yours!  This special holiday served as our extended family reunion gathering as a child.  We usually went to the farm where all […]

A Disturbing Yet Familiar Story Of Healthcare And Dirty Politics

Expression: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose Meaning: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Literal translation: the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing. Disturbing Yet Familiar Story are a reality of rescuing lost stories.  In some sense, each story has these familiar seven elements.  This is true of […]

Three Ways To Deal With The Overwhelming, Lessons From Playful Squirrels

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. George Eliot There is an overwhelming turmoil in our world.  The voices commenting on […]

How To Watch PBS Kansas Special Encore Airing Of Ends Of The Earth

Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage lost of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in your service, and to promote your kingdom — David Brainerd […]

How Boundaries And Margins Are Vital To A Civilized Life

“Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins” – Henry Cloud “You must create more margin so you have room for what’s important, not merely urgent.”  ― Michael Hyatt, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life […]