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The Francis Factor

Americans have gone completely gaga over a simple Argentinian priest who happened to get himself elected head of the world’s largest church. First it was Washington DC, the power base of American life and politics, turned upside down by the simple elegance of “El Papa”. In a city of influence-pedaling and power-broking, his earnest requests […]

The Grind

Sophia, #2 of our 3 Granddaughters, was just post-toddler when she discovered PawPaw’s famous horsey rides. Now this was no normal knee-bouncing pony ride. It was epic–legendary among her older cousins. I bounced her wildly on my knee, her blonde locks flying everywhere as if she had mounted a fleeting steed. Then, at just the right moment, […]

Wait, wait!…

“Wait, wait…” It is his intrepid way to interrupt the ongoing line of chatter because something has sparked an urgent question in his quick young mind. I could be talking about anything at all, but if along the way I mention something he does not fully understand or wants to know more about, he simply blurts […]

Too Much For Our Own Good

Contempt. The proverbial offspring of familiarity. It is the sense that we know something so well that we know it completely. Nothing mysterious, surprising or arousing is left to discover. That which is held in contempt is not despised because it is evil, it is devalued because it is common. Sometimes we are too close […]

His Mystory

A park bench was the backdrop for two young men in deep conversation. This wasn’t one of those “who’ll take the Series” talks. It was gut level, expose-your-real-self talk. As they were unpacking hearts, one of the guys got quiet and just stared pensively into space. Noticing the distance and the deep sadness in his […]

Two Sides of Discontent

A little voice inside me–a psychic mini-me–perpetually pesters and agitates me. It gnaws incessantly at my soul screaming that I have settled for less than I should and become satisfied in that mediocrity. Every time I find myself comfortable, feeling at ease with where I am and at peace with who I am becoming, this nagging sense of restlessness […]

The Days Of Our Lives

What do you do with all the days you wake up and know it is going to be “just another day?” Oh I know, the unexpected can happen. Life can throw a wicked fast curve ball and everything can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. But honestly, that doesn’t happen to […]

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