Finding heaven on earth

Monday afternoon, about 5 o’clock, I took Max for a walk to the mailbox. The temperature was in the low 60s, the humidity was low, the breeze was light. I stared up into the sky and saw endless blue, streaked with wisps of white. I remember feeling intensely aware of my surroundings — the weight…

Opportunity

My mother’s birthday is this month. I have the opportunity to share it with her to a degree that has been impossible for years — since I was in college, really. We are within easy driving range; popping over to Burnet for lunch is a real possibility. So I’m going to try to do it,…

NOT responding in kind

NOT responding in kind

I am determined to remain apolitical in this space. But the world is determined to break down my resolve these days. In particular I refer to a group of “peaceful protesters” who I saw this week yelling and throwing various items at a police riot squad. After wrestling with my ethics for a moment or…

Warnings

The nature of “warnings” has changed in the last few years.  I remember the day when a “tornado warning” meant someone had spotted an actual tornado.  But the other day I saw a warning issued because of circumstances that were likely to lead to a tornado.  Twenty miles offshore. I mean no disrespect to the…

Jigsaw Puzzle Theology

Jigsaw Puzzle Theology

I’ve been listening to a lot more sermons than normal in recent days.  (You have too, I hope.)  That includes several friends of the East Hill church — Kris Emerson, Scott Taylor, and Bryant Bailles, among others.  But as far as visuals go, watching men stand still and talk is not too engaging.  So sometimes…

Misspellings

I like food videos.  I’m always looking to learn how to do something better.  And I love anything having to do with food that does not increase my calorie count. But I have to question the credibility of some of these so-called experts.  For instance, I recently ran across a link to a video about…

Lessons

Rihanna has a tattoo that reads, “No failures, just lessons.”  Given that it is her 13th tattoo, I’m gathering the “lesson” in this case was not the lesson I would have impressed upon my girls — namely, “Don’t get tattoos.”  But different strokes … I love the message, though.  A negative event in your life…

Tattoo lessons

Rihanna has a tattoo that reads, “No failures, just lessons.”  Given that it is her 13th tattoo, I’m gathering the “lesson” in this case was not the lesson I would have impressed upon my girls — namely, “Don’t get tattoos.”  But different strokes … I love the message, though.  A negative event in your life…