Category: Reflections

Posted on: January 3, 2019 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Cool To Be Kind

“We can choose to be kind…rather than right.” Very cool guidance from an expert on dementia care – when dealing with someone who struggles to remember, we can give up our right to be right and choose kindness instead. Makes perfect sense. If someone simply can’t get it right, what’s the point …

Posted on: December 31, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Here It Comes!

2019: A brand new year. Time for the lists. Best of. Worst of. Top 10. _____ of the year. And resolutions. There will be lots of resolutions, things to begin or end, to do more of or less of. Gyms will be crowded for a couple of weeks. Nothing really …

Posted on: December 24, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Not How I Would Do It

A tiny baby in a manger. Vulnerable. Poor. Experienced gossip, injustice, discrimination. He could’ve come with an army of angels, but he chose to be born and to live among the marginalized and disenfranchised. Christmas isn’t about the conquering Savior. It’s about sacrifice and service and strength in weakness. It’s …

Posted on: December 14, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Look Again

Ever see a brand new idea wrapped in familiar words? Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”  It’s part of the sermon on the mount. He spoke to a crowd. You…plural. All of us. Light, not lights. You, me, all of us…one light, the light of the world. We’re in this …

Posted on: December 4, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 1

Who’s Your Neighbor?

This week America celebrates the life of its 41st president. George H. W. Bush lived a remarkable life marked by devotion to service. Among 41’s considerable accomplishments, I’m personally grateful for his support of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Bush’s 1989 signing of the ADA marked a major milestone …

Posted on: November 21, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Faith And Fake Thanks

I’m having a tough time feeling thankful. Details aren’t important, and honestly it’s hard to admit because tomorrow’s THE BIG DAY and I’m surrounded by blessings I don’t deserve and we’re supposed to be thankful. What in the world is wrong with me…how can I possibly not be thankful? Wait…I …

Posted on: October 8, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

It’s Hard To Avoid…

…becoming cynical. …the temptation to fight back. …dividing the world into winners and losers. …believing winning matters more than anything  else. …letting disappointment become anger. …letting the anger effect other parts of life. …refusing to let it go. …demonizing everyone on the other side. …the desire to go beyond winning …

Posted on: September 27, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Just Listen

“Why don’t we just listen?” Heard that question a lot lately. Someone has a difficult story, and others wonder why simply listening seems beyond our cultural capability. I get it. Even in ideal circumstances, deep, non-judgmental listening takes a great deal of effort. Put the story in an emotionally-charged (or …

Posted on: September 25, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Road Trip!

When I was 16, my best friend and I took a brief road trip. My uncle gave me a car, a ’51 Chevy. It was a pile of junk – I think he did it mostly to irritate my dad. Anyway, my buddy and I hopped on a bus, excited about …

Posted on: September 10, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

What If FDR Was Wrong?

In his first inaugural address to a country mired in the depths of the Great Depression, FDR struck a note of optimism. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nothing to be afraid of…except being afraid? I’m not so sure. Lots of fear these days, related to …

Posted on: August 9, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Training Accumulates

My parents taught me the value of saving money. Old-school saving – don’t spend everything you earn, set aside a little each week or each month. Over time, those small amounts accumulate and carry over. It’s a great lesson that’s served me well. I learned, for example, to “save up” …

Posted on: April 6, 2018 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Why You Should Show Your Work

Students typically don’t like to show their work. Often when I asked students to explain HOW? their explanation sounded a bit like the cartoon. “I did this…then a miracle occurs…and I got the right answer! Cool, huh?” Sounds silly, but I think we often do a similar thing when we share …