This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love seeing neighborhoods filled with Christmas lights, making homemade hot cider, and taking advantage of the days that I can actually use my fireplace. This time of year, not only brings peace to me, but also a lot of chaos. Family … [Read more...] about “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!”
When you work in a professional corporate setting dominated by strong men, feelings are not openly shared. Actually, the socially accepted feelings of anger and frustration flow freely. Feelings of fear or hurt, not so much. When I was in the corporate world, I remember it … [Read more...] about Hiding Hurt, Healing Hurt
The Memories of December Recently my wife’s mother passed away. We had just celebrated her 100th birthday only three weeks earlier. It was a wonderful celebration of her life. She was content, alert, appreciative, and felt surrounded by the love of her family. All of her … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Turn Sorrow into Joy This Christmas Season
I have a natural tendency to look toward the future. What is the next step or what is the next thing that is going to happen in my life? With the end of the year approaching, I am already looking ahead to the next year. Planning the next vacation. Brainstorming about the spring … [Read more...] about Remembering and Reflecting
We were sitting in a coffee shop during my visit to Birmingham when my daughter tentatively broached the subject. What would I think of a second engagement (her sister recently became engaged) and a wedding even sooner than her engaged sister. I know my first thoughts should … [Read more...] about The Miracle Morning: An Aid To Anxiety and Overwhelm
The Advice We Don’t Think We Need Before Marriage A number of years ago, my wife and I were leading a “Pre-Marital” class in which we were providing great information about the joys and challenges that many young couples face during their first months and years of … [Read more...] about This is Not What I Thought Marriage Would Be!