Category Archives: Love

Finding Faith

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn What are seeds of faith?  I suppose the answer is different for each person, but for me, more often than not they come as small revelations in times of deep crisis when I’m grappling with forces pulling in opposite directions.  For me, faith is not so much an idea but an identity, not so much about believing but becoming. My teachers have generally been fellow … Continue reading Finding Faith »

A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Originally published December 24, 2016   “Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C S. Lewis The night A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, on December 9, 1965, half of the American population watching television tuned in.  At the time it was quite controversial, criticized for being: too religious, too jazzy, too offbeat, not having a laugh track using the voices of real children. In … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas »

Seeing the World with Clear Eyes

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn [This is an edited version of the post, “A Thoughtful Heart,” originally published February 27, 2016.]    L “A heart weary of hate cannot learn to love.” I came upon this quote, credited to a Russian poet, in a New York Times article written by Mikhail Shishkin, “How Russians Lost the War.”  He was decrying the manner in which the Russian … Continue reading Seeing the World with Clear Eyes »

How Friends Sustain Us

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light. ~ Helen Keller  How many walks?  How many friends?  I wonder.  This past week I’ve had a tutorial on friendship. I watched in awe as two hundred friends gathered for my cousin Amy’s funeral as they came to give comfort to a grieving family.  It … Continue reading How Friends Sustain Us »

Passings and Epilogues

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Yet again, death has struck a member of my family — my cousin Amy, at 46. Death has visited our family all too frequently and all too early.  My father died at 45, brother Steve at 59, brother Kevin at 62.  We are a family of unfinished stories. Death leaves its mark when it comes unexpected and early. So many unspoken … Continue reading Passings and Epilogues »