Navigating Conspiracies

COVID-19 has churned up its share of medical, economic, and political froth, hasn’t it? I’ve never seen so much turmoil on such a global scale. It’s pandemic pandemonium. Not surprisingly, …

Still in There, Tim?

God had given my nephew, Tim McGuire, a dream. His trip to Madagascar as part of his Masters degree in international development put a fire in his bones to start …

A Valentine of Sorts

The holiday began as Lupercalia, a spring festival which included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. The pope eventually replaced it with Valentine’s Day, …

Earth Lost an Angel

On October 8, 2019, according to my daughter Kimmy, “The earth lost another angel.” This blog is my eulogy for that angel, Ani O’Conner.  Kimmy knew Ani well, having babysat …

Listening Saves Lives

Do you remember the Waco, Texas 51-day siege of the Branch Davidians in 1993? Studying about it recently reinforced my belief in the art of listening. Did you know that …

My Apology to Freddy

Twelve-pound, chihuahua-Jack Russell-mix, white-and-brown, short-haired, big-eared Freddy had been with us for only six years.

Friend Breakup

My hesitancy in talking about my friend breakup stems from the fact that it happened with individuals who remain somewhere in my extended social network, and I don’t want to …

Independence Day!

Today has been named by our nation’s historic Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, we declared that the thirteen American colonies were free of British rule. I’d say that …

Jen-Jen of the Spinning Plates

I thought maybe for this month’s blog it would be kinda cool to give you an inside scoop as to all that’s going on with my life and ministry. I’ll …

Riptide–Almost Died

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world circle the continent of Australia like a gleaming, oblongish halo. Don’t be fooled. Those waters can be filled with dark, surging …