Making Things Beautiful Or What Might Otherwise Be Called Nesting

I used to paint watercolors. I was an art major in college. I thought that making things beautiful would be my life’s ambition until the overwhelming fear that I couldn’t hack it as a full time artist set in. I didn’t want to sell myself. I wasn’t interested in marketing beauty. I just wanted toContinue reading “Making Things Beautiful Or What Might Otherwise Be Called Nesting”

Fear, Love and Another Supreme Court Decision

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 vote to uphold the ban on transgender service members fulfilling their call to service in the United States military. It was said by one woman just four years short of retirement in the Navy that this decision “speaks volumes about where we are as a country.” ThisContinue reading “Fear, Love and Another Supreme Court Decision”

How Things Change

Not long ago, I wanted to give up. Or I felt like I wanted to give up. I’m really not much of a quitter. I’m too damn stubborn. But, I was frustrated and my energy for this project was waning. How things change. Almost immediately after I published that post, my little internet home forContinue reading “How Things Change”

The Stories Civilians Need to Hear

In the short story “War Stories” in Phil Klay’s Redeployment, there is this moment of internal thought that pauses the narrative. In the middle of two battle buddies trying to get laid by their stories, there is this moment of reflection. The day before, when he’d asked me to come, I’d told him that if heContinue reading “The Stories Civilians Need to Hear”

Liturgical Lights for Sunday May 24, 2015

It’s Pentecost! For this special day, in which we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the Narrative Lectionary has not one — but two readings — including Acts 2:1-4 and Romans 8:18-38. What a day! These two passages came together in a sermon I preached back in 2013. It’s this sermon that shapes these prayers. You’ll alsoContinue reading “Liturgical Lights for Sunday May 24, 2015”

Wanting to Give Up

It’s true. Over the past few weeks, when I haven’t been posting about my latest escapades of entrepreneurial ministry, I have wanted to give up. I have wanted to throw in the towel. I have seriously contemplated why I ever thought this might be possible. There was the first blow a couple weeks ago whereContinue reading “Wanting to Give Up”

Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide

Just recently, Time Magazine published an article entitled Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide With Stories. I love stories thought as I eagerly clicked on the article. Because I want — more than anything — to figure out how to bridge this divide. For so many years, I’ve been a pacifist. That fact hasn’t changed. I’m still aContinue reading “Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide”