The Great and Terrible Day

“You’re the meanest daddy in the world!” With that declaration, my daughter informed me that I was both unfair and unreasonable to expect her to clean up the mess she had made with the play dough. By the way, I’m convinced play dough was invented by demons for the tormenting and temptation of parents! From my daughter’s immature perspective, she saw no problem between her freedom to leave the living room a…

Got Wisdom?

My grandmother use to confuse me when she’d comment about a particular friend of my grandfather’s. She’d look at the man as he was driving away from their home after a visit and say “He’s a smart boy but he ain’t got no horse sense.” “Horse sense?” I’d hear that and wonder what in heaven’s name that could mean. It was years later I learned that this was a way of saying…

But Is It LITERALLY True

When I was a boy, I was blessed with a vivid imagination and an active interior world. For those of you with something of a whimsical bend, you know what I’m talking about. In other words, math and science weren’t my strong suits in school. I was always reading a story (science fiction was my favorite) or falling in love with literature, especially the myths and legends and fairy tales of the…

Every Day in Every Way

What is it about the allure of transformation? We are drawn to it like moths to a flame. If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia, you’ve seen him on those infomercials promising everything from wealth to weight loss. Well, the weight loss infomercial landed him in real trouble. At the infomercial king’s sentencing the judge said: “He’s deceitful to the very core. This type of conduct simply cannot stand…” as he handed down…

March Madness

Sports is a multi-billion dollar business in this society. It reflects our fascination with the ideas of achievement, dedication, and excellence. All of that is good for a society. Until it isn’t. Recently the discussion has been renewed to start paying college athletes. Major universities in this country make millions of dollars from their sports programs and there has always been something of a underground economy for “boosters” at different schools to…

An “Angry” God

There is a story about this ant colony that had sprung up in a fallow field on a farm. During the time the field was “resting” from planting season, the ant colony thrived. But one day the Farmer walked out into his fallow field and determined it was time to plant that part of the farm again. The timing was right for the field to be plowed. The soil was rested. The…

6 Things God Hates. No, 7!

All of us have seen the signs of the fringe, so-called, Christian group that protest at military funerals. They seem to have the belief that they know exactly who God hates. Ridiculous! As if all the sins and mistakes of all the people in the world who have ever lived all combined together and multiplied by a thousand plus ten could overpower God’s love and peace! Really, God’s peace and God’s love…

WHOA!

You’ve heard the old joke about the man who bought a horse from a very religious owner. The horse didn’t respond to the normal commands like “giddiup” for “go” and “whoa” for “stop.” The religious man who had trained the horse taught him to “go” at the word “hallelujah” and the “stop” command was “praise the Lord.” So, the gentleman bought the horse and started his ride. He said “hallelujah” and the…

Raising Cain

Ah, the joys of sibling rivalry! My daughters (I am a dad who has all girls. After all, why mess with perfection!) are a joy to watch. As my older daughter recites her activities of her day, my three year old immediately pipes up with the accusatory question: “What about me?” She simply cannot allow big sister to suck up all the attention. To watch siblings simultaneously love and compete with each…