along the way

observations on the journey

All That We’ve Lost

Yesterday marked the five year anniversary of the loss of our son Kiefer’s friend, Emery Becker. The original post is shared below. There are some hurts that never depart. What a gift. What can happen in the span of five years? Five is such a small number. Brief in the context of a lifetime, and […]

Simple Man

Oh, take your time, don’t live too fastTroubles will come and they will passYou’ll find a woman, yeah, and you’ll find loveAnd don’t forget son there is someone up above And be a simple kind of manOh, be something you love and understandBaby, be a simple kind of manOh, won’t you do this for me […]

Racing to the End

Yesterday was a glorious day in Indianapolis. Though still a bit cold, the sun shone brightly across clear skies and it seemed that the entire city found itself caught in the gravitational pull of a day calling us forth to our streets, porches, yards, malls, shops, restaurants, and any of a myriad places to be […]

Broccoli, Sirens, and the Narrow Gate

A friend paid me a visit at my office last week. Now in her mid-80’s, she made the long drive into Indianapolis, navigating construction, arguing with Google, and working to avoid the often bizarrely unexpected from other drivers. As she unpacked the picnic lunch she had brought, complete with placemats, plates, and silverware, she told […]

No Greater Love

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 Today we celebrate love in our highly visible and commercialized “Valentine’s Day.” Beyond the flowers, chocolates, and jewelry, there is a deep, underlying, beauty in the idea of celebrating love and relationship. This special day gets its name […]

Our Ongoing Search for Meaning

“He reminds me of a character from a TV show.” So began a conversation with Sally as we watched a fellow traveler leave the elevator on our way back to our room. Staying on a glitzy stretch of Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, amid the Art Deco hotels, the Atlantic Coastline, perfect weather, an energetic […]

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