GETTING PRUNED TO THE ROOTS

GETTING PRUNED TO THE ROOTS

Like much of the foliage in our area, abundant rain has transformed a bush near our front door into a self-contained jungle. But in recent weeks, it was no longer contained as its vibrant leaves encroached the walkway, slapping me in the face every time I passed by....
LESSON OF THE TUTU AND LOCKER ROOM

LESSON OF THE TUTU AND LOCKER ROOM

She wore a pink tutu and even though she was just a toddler, her movements reflected the inner dance-the joy-that such dress invokes. Her dark eyes matched her shoulder-length curls, which bobbed with each step.   She spotted the wall of wooden lockers and...
LOOK UP CHILD!

LOOK UP CHILD!

Jesus had been traveling the countryside teaching and, in the case of the religious leaders, correcting false doctrine. It was a common theme in the Gospels. In Mark 7, for instance, He addresses multiple topics, chastising both the Scribes and the Pharisees for...
LIVING AS A FOOL

LIVING AS A FOOL

Emerald hills. Poofy clouds. Colbalt skies. Red noses and eyes. All signs of spring. Oh, and April Fools. April 1 is one of those awkward days. It’s fun to dish out but not always to take. It’s often a day of uneasy apprehension as we wait for a lurking...
IN SEARCH OF A QUICK FIX

IN SEARCH OF A QUICK FIX

“Temporarily closed for repairs,” read the sign on a bathroom stall. It’s not uncommon to see variants of such signs on public restrooms across the country. I’ve run into them many times—usually when the need is most inconvenient. It happened...
ONE SIZE FITS ALL

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

In America’s highly consumer-driven environment the one-size-fits-all concept has become a popular selling mantra. It’s used to peddle everything from sweaters to baseball hats. Over the years, politicians and authors have used the phrase to appeal to...