along the way

observations on the journey

I Don’t Understand

The lights dimmed and wrapped us in a cloak of dark, while air whooshing through the cabin distanced us from conversation or any discernible sound of movement. Passengers distracted themselves amid the glow of screens, retreating into those electronic cocoons bereft of thought or intention. Lost in my own cocoon, U2 reminded me that most […]

Heaven’s Right Under Your Nose. Are You Missing It?

I watched my youngest daughter, Macy, graduate from Bradley University yesterday. Like most parents witnessing such transition moments, I wondered out loud, “Where did the time go?” Weren’t we just bringing that little girl home from the hospital? With us at the graduation were Macy’s living grandparents, Jerry, Trish, and Sherry. I wonder what they […]

Celebrating the Matriarch Divine

Happy Mother’s Day! How about a different take today as we celebrate this wonderful holiday and the amazing moms in our lives? A favorite movie of the women in my family is the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett. (Full confession: I like it as well.) At the very […]

The Beautiful Ordinary

We are obsessed with the extraordinary. Extraordinary accomplishments. Extraordinary intelligence. Extraordinary experiences. Extraordinary wealth. Extraordinary beauty. Extraordinary danger. Extraordinary behavior. Extraordinary pleasure. Extraordinary evil. We can’t get enough of the extremes. If one looks at headlines, magazine and book titles, or the movies we watch, it would seem [...]

The Promise of a New Day

As I write this post, the moon is full, illuminating the night with its reflection of the day to come. Soon, the sun will announce its appearance with the first glow on the horizon. Today is Easter, the Christian celebration of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. It seems a good time to talk about hope. But first, […]

The Truth Will Set You Free

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” John 18:38 We have a curious love/hate relationship going with truth these days. There is a lot of “truth” being thrown about. My truth. His truth. Your truth. Some of us run fast and loose with truth. Some believe we can’t handle the truth. Perhaps they are right. […]

In Defense of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed. G.K. Chesterton Sally and I recently took the time to listen to a fairy tale entitled The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Why? Perhaps it was a twitch on […]

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