At lunch with co-workers this week, the subject of a former colleague losing her dad was mentioned. “I should text her and say we are thinking about her,” someonesaid off-handedly. Then she removed her phone from her pocket and nodded at us. “I am going to do it right now,” she said. The rest of us smiled. “I’d forget otherwise,” I said. “Me, too,” agreed someone else. We were all […]
A few days before Christmas, my grandmother passed from this life. She outlived my grandpa and most of her siblings. My mom and dad, brother and sister and I found plane tickets and an Airbnb and gathered with extended family in Denver for a funeral and a few meals together. Tomorrow her children will bury […]
My brother sent me a link last night to the new album from a little-known pop band we both like from Texas. It’s entitled “Baby, It’s Cold War Outside” and – you guessed it – is a cheeky take on a Christmas album. “Christmas albums always crack me up,” he typed – a statement I […]
Almost exactly two years ago, I was published on these pages for the first time with this opening paragraph: It’s been a weird week. No one is going to argue about that. And forget parties and preferences and candidates for a second. Just look at how we have all started to treat each other and […]
I am both familiar with and a fan of singing in the shower. But I usually partake in this practice when I am in my house. Alone. But the guy in the shower stall next to me at the gym this morning? He wasn’t just singing (or, to be fair, it was really aggressive humming). […]
I used to listen to the radio, waiting for the opening strains of a particular song. My fingers were sweating, poised and preparing to pressurize the “play” and “record” button at the same time. I was keeping the radio low. My preacher Dad didn’t think I needed to be listening to this. The announcer said […]
There is a continued comfort to physical light for me.
Sometimes consequences are important. But compassion matters all the time.
Below is a list (in no particular order) of things that – at some point in my life – I thought I wanted (and maybe a few that I still do). The Batmobile Long heavy metal hair To look like a member of the Beatles A ticket to a Michael W. Smith concert (circa 1991) […]