Archive: February, 2012


Transitions and Personal Energy – Part 2

Richard Rohr writes, “‘Second half of life” wisdom requires prayer and discernment more than knee jerk responses toward either conservative or liberal ends of the spectrum….Law is still necessary, of course, but it is not your guiding star, or even close, it has been wrong and cruel too many times…..The Eight Beatitudes speak to you […]


Fractured Transitions

Our American culture seems to be fracturing before our very eyes.  This is a transition in how we do business with one another.  The intensity of the battle is such that we quit listening to one another.  We deride the politicians, with great justification I might add, but when we look at church leaders it […]


Fat Tuesday as Transition

This really is a transition day that has developed over the centuries.  Today is the day to rid the house of fats, leavens and sweets as a way of preparing for the Lenten fast.  The transition comes in as we say at least a temporary good-bye to a certain life-style and move into a different […]


An Invitation to Transition

I was afraid to use the term Lent in the title of this blog for fear people would immediately delete.  For many churches Lent has become trivialized, marginalized or completely eliminated because they say it is too gloomy and too much a downer. I believe the trend away from Lent reflects our culture’s fear of […]


Listening for God

I am struck by those who (like me) keep asking, “How much longer must I wait for God’s direction?  Why doesn’t it happen now.”  I have asked these questions and I have heard these questions.  For those of us who want to keep moving, the thought of waiting is dreadful.  I am learning that God […]


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 […]