Say goodbye to the first quarter of 2015. Tomorrow, April 1st arrives. Now we all know what that means ... it's April Fool's Day of course. (One day a year, Mark Twain said, we're reminded what we actually are the other 364 days.) When we were children, my siblings and I enjoyed pranking one another,… Continue reading Only Fools Rush In
Alas and alack! Oh, woe is me! Here in the heart of Chicken-dale, northwest Arkansas, home to millions of white-feathered birds who eventually get delivered in one form or another to the grocery stores ... and after that, end up on platters at the center of our dinner tables ... there's a crisis of epic proportions… Continue reading A 21st Century Henny-Penny Tale
Job didn't gloss over things. As Chapter 23 in The Book of Job opens, Job readily admits: "I am still complaining today. I groan because God is still making me suffer." Instead of addressing the observations made by Eliphaz in the previous chapter, Job simply states the facts: I'm complaining, I'm groaning, all this suffering… Continue reading Where Is God?
Twenty years ago, a television show called FRIENDS debuted. The series ran for ten seasons and chronicled the lives of six characters (3 guys, 3 girls), twenty-somethings living in New York City. Billed as a romantic-comedy series, the show aired to generally mixed reviews but quickly built an audience. In many respects, it was SEINFELD for… Continue reading I’ll Be There For You
It's always interesting to understand the perspective of other groups and organizations, especially how such groups identify the people considered to be most influential in our world. When I noticed Fortune had released "Fortune's World's Greatest Leaders: 50 intrepid guides for a messy world," I clicked over, curious to know how Fortune's choices might coincide with my own. Fortune's list is… Continue reading Greatness Through Service
One of my dear friends is serving her first term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. This week, she presented a bill that addresses a 2001 Arkansas law entitled The Woman's Right to Know Act of 2001. After some 14 years, it's reasonable to think changes in the law are timely and appropriate. My friend's efforts to… Continue reading A Woman’s Right to Know
Back in 1969, a group of students climbed aboard a chartered Trailways bus departing from northwest Arkansas and bound for Daytona Beach FL. It was Spring Break and there were nearly fifty of us who made the 19-hour trip ... guys and gals eager to unwind from long hours devoted to our studies. Drinking in the pleasures of… Continue reading Spring Break 1969
Over the last week and through the weekend, we'd been fairly busy here at our home. With four of us (plus a dog) living here, things can go from general clutter to chaotic pretty quickly ... way faster than I remember from the time I had four small children running around the house! By Monday morning when my… Continue reading The Scourge of A Messy Kitchen
Kara Tippetts died yesterday. She was 38, the mother of four and wife of 17 years to Jason. Though I never had the pleasure to meet her, like scores of others, I "knew" her through a blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she shared the story of her short life with grace and authenticity. My first acquaintance with Tippetts… Continue reading Beauty In The Last Breath
Utility knife. Utility tool-belt. Utility blanket. Utility bill. One of the foundational pillars of our culture is a focus on utility ... on usefulness. We're geared toward doing, making progress, accomplishing things. Take a look at the More Saving / More Doing folks of Home Depot commercials, some that employ the hashtag #LetsDoThis. They've captured the essence of our age. They… Continue reading Toothless and Useless?