Hats Off!

Carrying an umbrella is an impossibility for someone on crutches. Making the dash from the house to the car has not always produced safe results for me, and there are some days I simply want my hair and face to stay dry. Must I explain? Anyway, I’ve experimented with several alternatives over the years, starting…

Book Reviews: Wild Land by Rebecca Hodges

This was a truly heart-stopping page turner of a book, just like the cover promises! The characters are beautifully developed and incredibly realistic. Kat finds herself alone on retreat to contemplate end of life decisions when she has children and two dogs suddenly dumped in her lap. So much for the quiet she needed! When…

Book Review: A Thousand Roads Home by Carmel Harrington

“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” In this heartwarming novel Carmel Harrington captures the essence of this featured line in a way that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Ruth calls herself an ‘aspie’ as she and her son make their way into emergency housing for the homeless. Tom is…

Book Review: Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown in typical style brings forth a beautiful and chaotic mess that we call real life put forth in a way that encourages us to embrace all of it. Brown challenges our mindsets and behaviors in ways that allows us to step back and see the striving and performing for what…

To Unmask = Sin and Poor Witnessing? I think not.

During this time of Covid-19, I’ve read many things by well-meaning Christians that seem to imply certain behaviors carry the weight of sin behind them. Specifically, I am speaking of compliance or noncompliance to governmental/business guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, etc. I’ve read articles in newspapers, emails, and viewed social media postings that accuse…

Redundancy in our Bureaucracies

While I am not a professional or expert in government models, I took a different perspective on the models presented for bureaucracy. Rather than see each of the three as complete and individual models I see the weberian model as being the structure of organization within the bureaucracy where the other two models seem to…

Book Review: Your Last 24

Your Last 24 by Kendall Keeler is one of those books that can be read in two hours, processed in two months, yet personal incorporation would take two years! The first book in his Legacy Journal Series, it is a timeless treasure you want to keep a few physical copies of on hand to share….

Reframing: Social Interaction is a Need

As I scroll through social media posts and hear stories of various emotional responses to the Covid-19 Quarantine, I have been surprised to be confronted with an aspect of isolation I had not considered. It never occurred to me that limiting social contact would have a profound effect on so many. Even with the presence…

America’s Subnational Gov’ts and Confusion

There are both advantages and disadvantages of America’s many levels of subnational governments. Subnational governments allow for a more tailored approach to law in various geographic locations. Laws that are needed for snow removal or Amish buggies in PA are not really relevant in AL, for instance. It is very difficult to take one cookie-cutter…