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Living My Faith

Schadenfreude not allowed

Laughing at and enjoying other people’s misfortunes is in our DNA. Renaissance-era puppeteers invented the “Punch and Judy” routines where one puppet with a…

Friends & Family

Before all else fails

I don’t know why this is so hard. But we struggle to build sturdy bridges from our lonely little islands to the lonely little…

Living My Faith

God & transgender (Part 4)

I came across a sobering statistic from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It reported that 42 percent of transgender teens have attempted suicide. 42…

Social Issues

Cancel culture

Cancel culture. A few years ago, I didn’t even know those words could be combined in a way that would make sense. Now, I…

Social Issues

Hope for America

We’re nearly halfway through the year 2020, and what a year it’s been! We’re still dealing with huge implications of a global pandemic that’s…

Living My Faith

What’s it like to be right all the time?

I don’t know about you, but I’m right all the time. If you and I have a difference of opinion, there’s just no question…

Life’s Challenges

Not the same

Since 2013, I’ve worked as an elderly companion. While caring for my first client, I met a lively British lady who lived through WWII….

Social Issues

Honoring the slain

How would you describe Memorial Day? Somber? Contemplative? Celebratory? All three? Days like Memorial Day are important days where we take time to remember…

Life’s Challenges

Spring in our steps with God

The groundhog never saw this one coming. Longest. Winter. Ever. I live in Wisconsin; we Midwesterners are used to being stuck inside over the…

Living My Faith

A little respect for teachers

Here’s a shout-out to the women and men of my chosen profession. They generally don’t sing their own praises. Society takes them for granted…

Life’s Challenges

Not safer at home

Not everyone is safer at home. In the U.S. more than 10 million people are victims of intimate partner physical violence each year—an average…

Who is God?

I love you because Jesus loves you

A classic Peanuts cartoon shows Lucy convincing Linus that he can’t be a doctor because he doesn’t love mankind. He clarifies by exclaiming, “I…