Archive: June, 2013


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House – If These Stones Could Talk

Today was a day of settling in. Busy day as I worked with life transitions. The ministry team of Wittenbergers supporting Wittenberg English Ministry are just astounding. One of the guys spent part of the morning helping me work through banking and phone issues. We also just have great times talking. One of the Wittenbergers […]


Reflections from a Wittenberg Coffee House – Life and Listening

Today I began my Wittenberg English Ministry (WEM) by “myself” but not really.  I said farewell to Elizabeth Schnabel who served as Deputy Director until I could arrive.  She was so helpful to me in the short time we worked together.  As she left, I suddenly had to remember things.  That was I when I […]


Reflections from a Wittenberg Coffee House – What A Day!

WHAT A DAY!  Jet lag is a strange partner.  I woke up at 5 a.m. listening to some of the most beautiful bird calls ever and began to prepare for my day.  Had a wonderful German breakfast and then it all started. I had this one day to be oriented to what I am to […]


Reflections From A Coffee House-Taking the Life Journey Lightly

I am now in Wittenberg.  In the past 24 hours I have been in auto, plane, bus and train. When I arrived in Wittenberg the train station was closed and no taxis were available so I walked into old town and found my room.  I cannot move into the apartment until Friday.  I am about […]


Reflections from a Coffee House (Day 3)

Can’t really tell you what the blog topics will be about each day.  I am fairly sure that I will write about transitions, personal change and things like that but I also just want to have a place to write about what I am doing, what I am thinking, and what things might be meaning […]

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    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 […]

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