New Year

This will be short, friends: I am in the process of realigning my life. Although that's a process that never stops as we learn and grow, I'm working on a major reset. Pieces have been falling into place since late 2019, but the puzzle is not yet complete.  In addition to my personal BIG PICTURE,… Continue reading New Year

Thanksgiving: A Celebration for All Americans

In recent years, the celebration of a national Thanksgiving Day has been overlooked or even disdained by many who don’t understand its history and fundamental purpose. As we close out Thanksgiving week 2020 - in the midst of CoVid lockdowns and other restrictions -  this story of the small group of English who arrived at… Continue reading Thanksgiving: A Celebration for All Americans

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXIV through XXVI

I came of age in the 1960s and lived through the events described here with growing understanding and passionate involvement. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK was shot and when the lunar landing was televised. I voted for the first time in 1969. My children were born in 1973.… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXIV through XXVI

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXII and XXIII

  Welcome to this week's blog post. We are moving into the modern era with World War II and the post-war period. By this era, the Constitution for the United States of America had endured more than 150 years - quite an accomplishment! Nevertheless, our leaders were still making changes to the "Law of the… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XXII and XXIII

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Friends, this post is a long one. So much happened between 1920 and 1940 to change our country from a democratically-elected Republic to a socialist, controlled economy that I can only scratch the surface here. If you have been following this series, you will recognize that the changes made under the New Deal were like… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XX and XXI

Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XVI through XIX

  More than 40 years elapsed (1870-1913) between the ratifications of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Amendments. Much changed in America. The Industrial Revolution took hold, the cities grew, and the Democrat and Republican parties were established as the main forces on the American political landscape. Behind the scenes, however, were two much more powerful developments,… Continue reading Diving into the Constitution: Amendments XVI through XIX

Focus

Around the globe, people are being challenged to cope with a completely new daily life rhythm in the face of quarantine, social distancing, unanticipated home schooling and working from home or in unaccustomed settings, and more, all resulting from the spread of a novel coronavirus strain. One of the most frequently reported conditions that many… Continue reading Focus

The Golden Rule

When I was growing up, I was taught to live by the “golden rule”: to treat others as I would like to be treated by them (found in the Bible at Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31). This post is about what I have learned along the way. To my young mind, the golden rule sounded… Continue reading The Golden Rule

A New Season

How is your 2020 going so far? Have you made one or more resolutions for the New Year? Here are a few reflections on what is happening with me. It is my heart’s desire that you will share your journey with me as well, so that we can encourage each other. CELEBRATING Three years ago,… Continue reading A New Season

Community

What does community mean to you? Is it where you live? Your circle of friends? Your church or favorite organization? I’ve been thinking about the importance of building community quite a bit lately, but not just any community: a community that builds up its members and welcomes newcomers, and that protects the disadvantaged while welcoming… Continue reading Community