along the way

observations on the journey

Our Epidemic of Indifference

For the fifth time, a car in the right lane cut quickly into the left forcing me to brake. We had only been on the interstate for 20 minutes and the battle of the passing lane was raging. As I slowed 5 mph to accommodate the latest obstacle in my journey, I contemplated the existential […]

Optimizing Risk

In his book, 12 Rules for Life, Dr. Jordan Peterson puts forth 12 precepts for living that he describes as “An Antidote to Chaos.” The book is profoundly compelling (you can read my brief review of it here) and I highly recommend it as a fascinating journey through psychology, history, philosophy, and religion to an […]


Eyes wandering blankly, Gripped by hazy sleepiness, You surveyed the bustling lot With slow-motion awareness. Across the way, I see you Bobbing along with mom’s Springing step. Outlined against her golden halo Your small shape held tightly. Baby and boy inert At the edge of sprung energy. Watching, yet still removed The people, cars, sounds […]

I See You

Sitting in a chair across the room, I watched as my daughter carried my nearly 12 month old grandson into the room He was sleepy and quiet from his nap. I watched for a few moments as he oriented himself and then he saw me. In a flash, our eyes locked and I felt it: […]

The Choice

There is no faith without doubt No courage without fear No way forward without obstacles These are the trials, the way of man. There can be no gain without loss No love without hate We cannot recognize light without dark Here we find ourselves stumbling before we can run again. The edge defines us There […]


Walking down the tree-lined streets of Hillsdale, Michigan, I was overwhelmed with a sense of nostalgia. Though my relationship with this small town of about 8,000 people is only about six years old, I found myself lost on its streets in a tsunami of Americana. My journey to this moment began about a week ago […]

Memorial Day – What We Remember

Memorial Day was born out of a tradition of honoring the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. The original name was “Decoration Day” and the commemoration was organized by local communities annually. After World War I, the annual tributes were expanded to include all fallen soldiers and eventually became known as Memorial Day. Memorial Day […]

Are You American?

Have you ever stopped to consider what it means to be an American? Roll the word around in your head for a moment. What images comes to mind? Do you see patriotic images reflecting ideals and legacy? Perhaps your mental footage reflects the many haters of America and the various stereotypes the word fosters in all […]

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