After forty years, I can say I'm free of envy of my fellow youth group member, even if he is still handsome at sixty--like a movie star who has decided to make his hair gray to acknowledge he’s aging but still sexy.
I think we all show a little more vulnerability than we intend to and some of us are better than others at offering encouragement during those moments.
I’m done. I know I know. I was done five years ago when I quit church, religion, and career. But I’ve come to realize that I’m really, really done. I mean it… truly… emphatically… no fooling… probably. I’ve daydreamed a bit that I would find a way to return. Not as a believer but … Continue reading I’m Done
On the one hand, I wish I had never left the ministry. On the other hand, I wish I had never gone into it in the first place.
The woman used her opportunity to spread a little verbal poison. Fortunately there are others who spread quiet grace.
I usually ask for a woman’s ID even if her great-grandchildren are accompanying her to the checkout stand.
When a customer is obviously closer to my age than those of my children, I’ll often smile ask if they’re over twenty-one. Sometimes, the men will say, “I wish I were twenty-one again.” "No, you don't."
I know a lot of outstanding teachers. Theirs is a difficult job and I have a great deal of sympathy for them. But I had some doozies when I was young. This is about one of them. It made sense that the meanest teacher of our elementary school had the name, Mrs. Snodgrass. She had … Continue reading The Mean Teacher Retires
The biggest grudge I have against religion (particularly conservative religion) is that it urges people to lie....
However, I’m gradually earning a new kind of quiet respect from people around me.