Month: August 2020

  • Surfing Uncertainty

    “Reality: what a concept!” Robin Williams About ten years ago, a severe ice storm crippled our area. Widespread power outages left many without electricity for days. Those without backup generators, that was most of us, were forced to adjust to reality–finding alternative sources for modern conveniences. Not surprisingly, the people who coped best during this […]

  • The Source of Her Strength

    In a recent Our Daily Bread devotional, Deep Rooted Faith, Xochitl Dixon tells the story of a 600 year old oak tree that stood next to a church in New Jersey. The tree had survived many storms (including several hurricanes) due to its extensive root system. It’s deep vertical taproot supplied strength and nourishment, while […]

  • Lost Four Words

    It’s amazing how words frequently used in conversation come and go. During the Valley Girl craze of the 1980’s, phrases like, “Gag me with a spoon” and “That’s totally bogus!” were heard often. These days, we have new words and phrases to convey similar sentiments. Today, I’d like to discuss a four word phrase that […]

  • Virtual Teacher Bootcamp

    With school about to start this fall–both in person and virtually–I recently attended our district’s Virtual Teacher Bootcamp. Frankly, like many who arrive at anything called a ‘boot-camp,’ I wasn’t entirely prepared for the experience. Day One: First thing out of gate, the drill instructor (technology teacher) handed each of us an iPad. “This is […]

  • Wet Paint

    As a recent project, my wife and I decided to touch up some high traffic areas in our home with fresh paint. Each of us walked around one morning, with brush and paint can in hand, covering over blemishes high and low. We finished the job as planned and were quite proud of our work. […]

  • Turning on a Dime

    My wife and I were out for a walk yesterday. It was a bright, early morning. Suddenly, my better half stopped, turned around and pointed down at something shining on the pavement. A dime! I reached down to pick it up, but it wouldn’t budge; the hot sun, and perhaps a passing car, had fused […]