There’s A Top To Every Hill

Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it? This week of training: 98 miles THERE’S A TOP TO EVERY HILL A while […]

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Communities And Enemies

  A community is a group of people united through a common struggle with the same stories. This definition comes from an insightful article by Chris Guillebeau called What Makes A Community? I highly recommend Chris’ site, The Art of Nonconformity. Chris’ writing makes me think and inspires me to extend my own ideas. I […]

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Letting Your Life Be Your Message

I’ve noticed that many atheists spend an amazing amount of time thinking about God. In a cult classic from the 70’s called Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig argues that you can identify a person’s doubts and insecurities by the topics about which they shout the loudest. His example: nobody’s running around […]

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Shouting About God

“I’ve always admired atheists. It takes a lot of faith.” ~ Chris in “Northern Exposure” When I published Relentless Grace, a marketing expert advised me not to place so many references to God on the cover. “You’re going to lose a lot of sales if they think it’s all about God.” I recall wondering about […]

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The Crazy Quest

What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it? This is a big week for me. On Friday I completed the final day of a thirty-five year teaching career. I’m officially retired, a former teacher. And since I’m making the formal transfer from one phase of life to the next, this is […]

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Why Do I Bother?

The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has. How much do you make for writing a blog? When I replied that there’s no pay involved, he asked an even more revealing […]

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Rebuking The Storm

One ship sails East, and another West, By the self-same winds that blow, Tis the set of the sails and not the gales, That tells the way we go.  ~ Ella Wilcox Occasionally I become a bit frustrated with “inspirational” musings about the blessings of adversity and the magical effects of a positive attitude. When […]

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Eight Keys To Confronting Adversity

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. I spend much of my time these days seeking creative ways to tell my story. In the past […]

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God’s Version Of Special

Normal is a setting on the dryer. We’re obsessed with labels. Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative, Christian, atheist—it seems that we’re intent on placing ourselves in neat little boxes and pretending that everyone in a particular box is identical. The big problem with labels is that they obscure ideas and individuals. Then we demonize, bash, and […]

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Foolish Wisdom/Wise Foolishness

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” ~ Steven Covey I wonder if we’re not a little too distracted by what we perceive with our senses. The physical world has a way of deceiving us, getting us thinking that what we can see and touch […]

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Why Do You Believe In God?

Why do you believe in God? The question stopped me in my tracks. I’m naturally a seeker and a questioner so I’m accustomed to reconciling the internal consistency of my faith, but such interactions occur with other believers. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered this foundational question.

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