Category Archives: Meaning Making

Finding Perspective

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn It’s pretty easy to lose perspective these days.  We seem to have little time for either deep thoughts or long conversations.  Social media has shifted our attention from face-to-face to the screen, where we communicate through cryptic messages and emojis.  So much of our own perspective is focused on personal prerogatives and individual development.  It’s as if we’ve reached the conclusion … Continue reading Finding Perspective »

Suffering (by Eileen)

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Suffering.  What’s the Point? I have been thinking lately about suffering and why we suffer.  It’s not a new question.  It’s one humans have wrestled with for eons. I’ve had fibromyalgia and painful knee and back injuries for 35 years, stemming from an auto accident.  I feel pain every day.  But it is minor in comparison to the emotional and physical pain some of my friends endure, … Continue reading Suffering (by Eileen) »

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 »

Failure is a Gift

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This week’s post was inspired by a recent conversation with Tucker McHugh, a high school classmate who I have known for over 50 years. I was raised on Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Winning defined the purpose of my every endeavor: winning at school, winning at sports, winning with friends.  Winning was symbolized by blue ribbons, gold stars, and A-pluses.  Life was … Continue reading Failure is a Gift »