What Do You Desire?

I stood line line for what seemed like hours, but my friends and I REALLY wanted tickets to this concert. I mean we really did! We wanted them so bad that standing outside for hours, missing other events, and even getting a little hungry didn’t stop us from doing what we had to do to get those tickets! And we did and we loved the show! It really is amazing what price…

I Am The Door

Thresholds are funny things. American businessman Joseph B. Wirthlin once said “Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.” Thresholds mark places where we are moving from one place to another. Now think about a threshold with a door!…

Render to Caesar

NASA recently released the largest picture ever taken. It’s made up of 411 snapshots from the Hubble telescope of our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy. The picture is 1.5 billion pixels and takes 4.3 gigs of disk space to load. It’s big. But as large as the picture is, the scene it shows is even more incredible. It shows over 100 million stars and peers 40,000 light years away from us. Breathtaking! Fascinating…

Hey, That’s AGAINST The Rules!

What’s the difference in rule-keeping and wisdom? Turns out this distinction is the most important change of mind we humans have to face if we are ever going to be able to embrace the message of the Orthodox Faith! As a former police officer, I remember well having to memorize the rules of the road so that I could ENFORCE the rules. Of course all these laws were on the books for…

Getting Back What You Gave Away

You remember this, don’t you: “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever. If it doesn’t come back, it never was.” While I find this sentiment a bit saccharine for my tastes (I have a deep suspicion of sentiment since I am convinced it is more akin to emotional “candy” than actually helpful to my life), there is an element here worth exploring. We…

Unforgivable!

A popular show (on PBS no less) is Downton Abbey. And that’s a bit surprising to me since we Americans seem to always be gripped, al least in our rhetoric, with this notion of egalitarianism. But this popular show is very much about the clear stratification of “classes” and the “drama” of etiquette and class. In that society, a violation of what is “acceptable” can be an “unforgivable” mistake that scares one’s…

We Got Trouble….

I love the old musical “The Music Man” and one of my most favorite scenes in when that old con man Harold Hill begins to spring his trap on the good folks of River City by pointing out they have a pool hall in their little town, and we all know that that spells “Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool!” You see, Harold…

Friend, How Did You Get In?

It’s not just my recurring dream (nightmare, really) but it has been found to be a common dream for much of humanity. You know the one I mean: I’m standing in a fancy party with either my pajamas on or no pants! In other words, I am NOT dressed for the occasion. How embarrassing! And that’s why this is such a common dream of we humans. We fear being embarrassed! And why…

Do You Love Me?

I’ll never forget seeing “Fiddler on the Roof” for the first time! “If I were a rich man….” “Tradition! Tradition!” But one of the most moving moments was when Tevye, being confronted with the “new” way his daughters were finding a husband (actually choosing for themselves! The HORROR!), asks his wife of so many years “Do you love me?” What follows is an amazing tender moment for a couple who have had…