Archive: December, 2008


Reflections on Wall-E

I watched Wall-E with the grandchildren tonight. I really hadn’t wanted to see the movie (still not sure that it’s all that good) but I was struck by somethings in the film. Humans had become FAT and COMPLACENT, willing to let others do things for them. HUMANS had abandoned the earth rather than deal with […]


Reboot…Change….The Words of the Hour

Marian Salzman is a futurist who offers a blog site called Intelligent Dialgue. Salzman is acclaimed as a trendwatcher and is one to be watched herself if one wants to be looking ahead. In her blog for December 24 called “Reboot: the word of the hour, day, week, and for 2009” Salzman offers this thought: […]


The Pain and the Joy of Transitions

I have come to the conclusion that life is about transition and change. The phone call comes on what appears to be an ordinary and peaceful day, “He is in ICU,” or, “They tell me I have cancer,” or, “I lost my job today.” We also transition as we learn new things and realize that […]


Regarding Reactions and Opportunites Surrounding “The Shack”

I recently was invited to read, The Shack, by William Young. When I saw Eugene Peterson’s review of the book I was even more intrigued. I read The Shack (by the way, I read the entire book). I thought The Shack to be quite interesting. I thought it brought up many points for discussion. And, […]


Living Simply

I have always liked Richard Foster’s book, Freedom of Simplicity. It is a challenging book for me that I re-read every year to continue the personal goal of continually simplifying my life. As I watch the shopping madness of the culture, and the fear that we won’t give and/or receive enough at Christmas, I wonder […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]