Lessons Learned and Remembered: The Power of a Spiritual Marker

It’s an odd thing to keep – a beat-up, old fishing lure with no hooks. It’s been with me for quite a while – more than 20 years. The lure has traveled with me through various cross-country and cross-town moves. It has no value for catching fish and I don't really go fishing anymore. I … Continue reading Lessons Learned and Remembered: The Power of a Spiritual Marker

You’ll Be Just Fine … Just Don’t Believe the Hype

As a self-proclaimed cultural observer, I keep an eye and an ear open to art and music. You can learn much about a culture by its art, especially from popular music. Sadly, in recent years, popular music has become an arid wasteland, especially on the lyrical front. I won’t name names because that would probably … Continue reading You’ll Be Just Fine … Just Don’t Believe the Hype

Jonathan goes to College: Loosening the grip without letting go

Last weekend brought a significant transition for my family. Kimberly and I helped our one and only child, Jonathan, move into his dorm at Mississippi State University to begin his freshman year of college. The day was awash with emotions. Some of the emotions were to be expected, others caught me entirely off guard. And … Continue reading Jonathan goes to College: Loosening the grip without letting go