Archive: August, 2013


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House–Wittenberg Festivals of Diversity

It would be very easy for Americans to have a perception that Wittenberg has not changed in 497 years.  Romantics would like to think that Reformers walk the streets as they once did and that great theological discussions abound.  Maybe somewhere, but in actuality, Wittenberg is a thriving city of people living the diversity of […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House-How I Live

Wittenberg English ministry provides a very nice three room flat for me to live in.  It is about three blocks from the Old City but close to all the places I am involved with.  The building is from the early 1900’s and just oozes with character.  I haven’t met everyone in the building but the […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-Visiting a Senior and Health Care Center

I went to what used to be called in German an Altenheim, meaning a home for those who are old.  The term is not used much anymore because of a change in health care procedures. It is like in the United State because we no longer use the term nursing home we use the term […]


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 […]