40 Days to 40 Years

Today I’m precisely 40 days away from my 40th birthday. I love it. For decades I’ve listened to people mourn the coming (and passing) of their 40th. Now that it’s upon me, I find all that strange. To be 40 sounds wonderful to me. I’m excited. Looking forward to it, actually. In the past year […]

Me and My Scrooginess

“Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. ‘Eat and drink,’ he says to you, but his heart is not with you.” ~ Proverbs 23:6-7 I read this Proverb yesterday, and immediately felt the painful […]

$40 and Everyone Wins

Hanging out with students is better than coffee. And chocolate. And YES, I know exactly what I’m saying. Teenagers get a bad rap. Sometimes for good reason, but other times for no reason at all. I happen to be both impressed and inspired by some of the students in my life. And their passion and […]

A Generous Calm

I asked someone two days ago to tell me his greatest need. Not a grandiose lifelong need, but his greatest real need. Right now. This moment. I didn’t expect his answer: “Calmness.” Being that I’m in his life, I couldn’t help but wonder if I am, on the whole, meeting his need for calm, or […]