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January 17, 2020

Surprised by Providence

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A few years ago, my wife and I spent a week at an off-the-grid community farm in the Midwest. We really enjoyed it; even traipsing to the outhouse with a candle in the middle of the night. There were no phones, television, electricity, or gas motors...

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December 17, 2019

Surviving the Dark Days

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Just this November I found myself feeling despondent, dull, and dreary. The gray days of early winter had started, a family member was down with cancer; all these things certainly contributed, but I knew that being depressed, gloomy, and uninspired...

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October 2, 2019

Stars and Laughter: An Open-Air Opera

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Back in August my wife and I were privileged to see our first opera, a classic: The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. Set in a slightly different time and place than the original – an African village instead of an Italian one – it gained extra...

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September 18, 2019

How To Be Happy in Your Own Skin

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There are people who are at peace with their abilities (or lack thereof) and have given up comparing themselves with others and trying to match others’ accomplishments. They are happy with who they are and only cultivate skills that would build on...

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