When Christmas Is Over, Is Anything Different?

Marian Wright Edelman, in her essay “Standing Up for Children” included in the book The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb, starts with this: Dr. Benjamin Mays, president of Morehouse College and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of other Black youths, including me, once said: ‘The tragedy…

One Little Lost Mitten

So I saw this mitten when Bud and I were out on our daily foray into nature this past week. Just a lone little mitten laying on the path that folks of all sizes, shapes and stages take to walk or jog or run or bike. Just one little mitten having dropped out, or been…

Bobbleheads and the Meaning of Clutter

Bed, Bath, and Beyond overwhelms me. Even sitting right here today in my office, where nearly every flat space is filled with papers, files, books, or something someone once gave me, thinking about walking into Bed, Bath, and Beyond overwhelms me. There really is no space not taken in that store – floor to ceiling,…

Seeing Each Other Clearly, Especially Today

When I turned 40, I suddenly needed glasses. I suppose the day before I turned 40 I might have needed them then as well, but looking back (snort), it didn’t so much seem like it. It actually kind of amazed me – they did all the testing and measuring and the clicking with the machine…

Remembering the Saints

Sometimes I think we simply need to be a little sappy, to let our hearts “feel all the feelings” and be reminded that as hard as we work to make things right and good and just, we also need to look around at all the things that are abundant in beauty and depth and blessing.