Looking Past the Present…into Infinity

The wrapping paper is scattered across the floor and the presents are all used by now.   Many of us are looking on to the next big thing.  How do you set your goals for the New Year?  what do you want to do?, what accomplishments loom in your future?,  in what do you want to…

The Fading Sparkle

We’d been friends for many years. For more years than I could count.  In fact, I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t my friend.  She always had a smile and her eyes sparkled brightly.  She would always bring joy and lighten every room.  But today the sparkle was gone; her shoulders slumped with the…

Madiba – the start of a legacy

Honestly, I have only heard of him, seen him on tv a time or two, and always wondered, what would we talk about if we ever had the opportunity?  My respect for him has grown since his release from prison in 1990, but I still don’t know as much about him as I’d really like…

The Quiet Man

 We sat down at the dining room table for a visit; the conversation started slow, it usually does, but it is not a problem. You see, I’ve learned allot from the man sitting across from me; most of what I’ve learned is not from what he has told me, it is by what he’s demonstrated. I…

Runners to Your Marks….

His office looks like a coffee shop; the conference table is the cushy chairs on the stage.  He is the embodiment of the northwest culture; edgy, non-conformal, relevant.  The meeting starts and we discuss life, family, and recent events to get warmed up, and then the reasons we came together begin to emerge.  We are…

Paying Attention

Have you ever been embarrassed because you were too focused on one thing, or possibly distracted by another?  Perhaps you bumped into someone or something, perhaps banged your head or shin. One of my first ride-a-longs as a Chaplain with the Spokane Sheriff’s Office taught me just such a lesson; be focused, but be aware…

Grandpa’s Dream

He would speak of it as if it were a real place. A memorial set up to Honor World War II Veterans. Viet Nam Vets had one, Korean Veterans were getting one, and World War I Vets had theirs. He would draw me pictures of how it should look, He would tell me of meetings…