Creativity and the Need to Change

I was all pumped about blogging about creativity this week. That somehow human beings have this amazing way of thinking differently about the same thing and when we all put our thoughts together, we often come up with ideas that can, often quite literally, change the world. Someone thought of studies showing the differences between…

Awareness Of Our Family History

Several weeks ago this happened . . . Yup, that’s my piano. When I got my first real job, the first “big” thing I purchased was a piano. Mom made me take piano lessons, I think I started around the 3rd or 4th grade. Mrs. Boston was the spouse of the pastor at the Christian…

Fragile Human Beings Intricately Made and Confoundingly Free

It’s been 15 years this Sunday, 15 years since our world as citizens of this nation changed in a moment.  I’m pretty certain for those of you old enough, you remember where you were, what you were doing, with whom you first saw or heard that airplanes had flown into the twin towers, that the…

Farm Kids Simply Learn to Drive Earlier

My parents are coming to visit over Labor Day weekend.  I took a vote with my housemates and we actually came to consensus, which is always the best way to go. It was not a really close vote, the animals get spoiled with all the petting and holding and maybe a few extra treats when…

Your One Wild and Precious Life

Watch out, I’m in a “waxing philosophical” mood today . . . poet Mary Oliver does that for me. Have you ever driven somewhere, arrived safely, turned off the car and then realized you sorta don’t remember how you got there?  It’s usually the short trip: meeting a friend for lunch, running out to grab…

Sometimes…It Just Rains

I went on vacation and so this happened . . . I had been reading, was just headed to nap-time, I guess the book wasn’t that good, and the fire alarms all over the building started alarming.  The sound was not subtle and I think may have deafened folks living in outer-Slobovia.  I ran outside…

A Bit of Rest of Heart, Mind, and Spirit

There are simply times when all that will do is a particular song, sung by a particular person or group, in a particular context that comforts, celebrates, or just reaches beyond words into the heart and soul in a way that, if only for a moment, offers whatever strength, hope, and promise that is needed….

Perhaps we’re more alike than we like to admit…

I don’t have a daughter but my mom does.  In fact she has two, and those two are as different as night and day from the outside.  Maybe from the inside they are a bit more alike than either one of them wants to admit. One of them is a bit stubborn.  If you ask…

Having It All

In the realm of instruments, how wild is the organ, I mean seriously?  I’m a self-professed organ geek.  I proactively and on a rather regular basis download organ music from itunes onto my electronic devices and then listen to them voluntarily.  Perhaps it is the complexity of an instrument with multiple levels of keyboards, all…

Humans, People, Neighbors

Ringo had to have surgery, you know, “the” surgery that rescue animals have so that there won’t be more rescue animals out there that look like them? He wasn’t happy when I took him – his dog Buddy wasn’t in the car with him plus he hadn’t been fed for the 12 hours prior. I…

If Only for a Season

Smackdab, I think that’s a western Kansas theological term, in the middle of the summer.  It feels like there’s more summer behind us than in front of us, July 4 is kind of that marking point.  Now it’s simply hot and humid and time to ask the tough questions. Will the Royals make the playoffs? …

Simple. Universal. Beauty.

Sometimes I wonder if I was born into the wrong generation.  Sorry mom and dad, I’m glad you had me, but maybe we were meant to be in a “Back to the Future” movie and I was supposed to be brought up in the 40’s.  The car I’m now driving came with 3 months of…