The Cost of Silence And in the naked light I sawTen thousand people, maybe morePeople talking without speakingPeople hearing without listeningPeople writing songs that voices never shareAnd no one dareDisturb the sound of silence”Fools” said I, “You do not knowSilence like a cancer growsHear my words that I might teach youTake my arms that I might reach you”But…… Continue reading The Cost of Silence


So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.Philippians 2:12-13, NASB Silent exhale. Deep inhale. Breathe through your nose. Calm…… Continue reading Beloved

Stepping in Poop

As a gardener and dog owner poop is part of life. In fact, stepping in poop is part of my daily life. I step in dog poop, chicken poop, or I don’t even want to know whose poop it is poop nearly every day. Sometimes several times in a day. It doesn’t seem to matter…… Continue reading Stepping in Poop

My Response to Attempts to Twist Gun Control into a Conversation About Abortion

A question posted to my Facebook wall solicited this response. Again, shared here to bring light on the GOP’s illusion of a “Pro-Life” agenda.  My question to you and many others is this – Why are we not fighting against abortion clinics and against those who support abortion the same way many are fighting against…… Continue reading My Response to Attempts to Twist Gun Control into a Conversation About Abortion

Another Rant on Christians and Guns

Note: Sometimes I feel like I shouting into the wind. No one seems to care. But it breaks my heart to hear the response of so-called Christian leaders to mass shootings be the idea that they should arm themselves. Here’s what I posted on Twitter, added here for saving. Thread:…… Continue reading Another Rant on Christians and Guns

Hobby Lobby, The Music Man, We Got Trouble

Like everyone else I was shocked by the news that Hobby Lobby, a privately owned company whose owners successfully challenged the Affordable Care Act mandate that their health insurance cover birth control on grounds that they are a closely held owned company driven by Christian morality, got caught smuggling Iraqi antiquities into the United States.…… Continue reading Hobby Lobby, The Music Man, We Got Trouble


Earlier this week I wrote about the journey we are on in our household to bring a dead place back to life. Want to know a crazy by-product of this process? A dramatic decrease in waste.  Waste is a serious problem for Americans. We’re waste-o-holics. Just like we’re quick to use chemicals to grow marshland…… Continue reading Waste

Bringing It Back to Life

Today's harvest from the garden.

We bought our house about 18 months ago. But the house wasn’t new to us since we’d lived across the street for 7 years prior to buying it. It’d been a rental for about 20 years prior to our buying it. And for 7 years we watched as people moved in, people moved out, sometimes…… Continue reading Bringing It Back to Life

Leadership is Local

The grave danger is to disown our neighbors. When we do so, we deny their humanity and our own humanity without realizing it; we deny ourselves, and we deny the most important Commandments of Jesus. Herein lies the danger, the dehumanization. But here we also find an opportunity: that the light of the love of…… Continue reading Leadership is Local