When We Confuse Masks For Armor

One of the things I am most certain of in this crazy world is that there is a battle going on around me. I see it in small ways—like the road rage I see (and sometimes experience) on the commute to and from work each day. And I see it in large ways—like groups of […]

Tears, Dustbunnies & Sticky Blue Popsicles

Lucie was four years old and had one major goal in life: to be Wonder Woman. (In the late 80s/early 90s, what little girl didn’t have that aspiration?) Meanwhile, her five year old brother, Charlie, had quite a different goal in life: to torture Lucie. Even though they were a year apart in age, the […]

Just a Bunch of Kids on the Trail

I have no kids of my own, but I often get to enjoy my friends’ kids. And because some of my friends and I enjoy hiking together, we often experience that phenomenon that is well known by all parents of children. When we first set off from the trailhead, the children have boundless energy. They […]

The Cure: A Winner

The random drawing has been done and our winner is: STEPHEN CARTER Congratulations, Stephen! You’ve won a copy of The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is And Neither Are You? by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall! Since you follow me on Twitter, if you’d like to DM me there, […]

Hiking 101

Moving to the Pacific Northwest has been, in some ways, like going away to college all over again – the University of Real Life. My favorite class is Hiking. No matter how warm, cold, wet, muddy, dusty, or buggy it is, I have never been on a hike here where I haven’t learned something. For […]

Book Club Continues…

I think it was a lifetime and a half ago (okay, not really) that I was telling my friend, Jason, about this book I was reading that had really touched my life. That book was Mad Church Disease by Anne Jackson, and his response to my thoughts on the book was that we should do […]

Passion and Success

Some days, I get frustrated because I’m 36 years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I get down on myself for not having a great vision for my life and lacking initiative. But the truth is, I just define success a little differently than some others. […]

Peace Like Broken Glass

When I first moved away from home, one of the things my Mama would do close to my birthday was to call me the night before my birthday and say, “22 years ago right now we were on our way to the hospital!” Or “25 years ago about right now, that mean old nurse was […]

Step By Step

A lot of people seem to think I have a lot of answers, but the truth is that I really, really don’t. Actually, I’m kind of a mess. In my life, I’ve been abused and I’ve been an abuser. I’ve been manipulated and I’ve been a manipulator. I’ve been selfish and I’ve also been selfishly […]

Do You Know…?

The older I get, the more I realize how unique I am. And one of the unique things about me – that I didn’t realize was unique until the past few years – is that I have always believed in God. Or at least, as long as I can remember. Perhaps it was because I […]