While you’re at work

Between 6:00 – 9:00 AM your middle class neighborhood clears out. Or so you think. The vast majority of residents wake up, make a cup of coffee, put on morning radio, and drive to work. But what happens while you’re away? Have you ever wondered? Probably not. We live in an out of sight out…… Continue reading While you’re at work

Race in America

“We need to talk about race in America.”  I’ve heard that phrase often. Whether it’s a political candidate stumbling over whether or not to disavow an association with the Klu Klux Klan or a pastor of an almost-all-white-church stumbling through an awkward conversation… it’s something you say that makes it seem like you’re really interested…… Continue reading Race in America

I Believe Change is Possible

I’m locked into my way of thinking. You are locked into yours. We’re enjoying the banter back and forth. I’m convinced I’m going to change you and visa versa. Of course, neither one of us changes our minds. The banter ends and we move on. This seems to be the course most online conversations take…… Continue reading I Believe Change is Possible

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Eyelashes, Dinner Tables, and Other Stuff that Promotes Long-term Health

Have you ever wondered why we have eyelashes? This morning, while making coffee, I poured boiling water into our french press and it splashed a little in an unexpected way. A fraction of a second later my eyelid batted away a drop of boiling water that’d somehow missed my glasses. Think about that. When you blink,…… Continue reading Eyelashes, Dinner Tables, and Other Stuff that Promotes Long-term Health

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The Value of Attention

If you want to know what’s important to a person… 1990s answer — Look in their checkbook… and follow the money. Where a person spends money shows what they really value. 2000s answer — Look at their calendar… and see where they spend their time. Where a person spends their time shows what they really…… Continue reading The Value of Attention

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Playing Tag, Riding Bikes, and other Nefarious Activities of Children

“We don’t allow tag” Kristen and I looked at one another yesterday and giggled. It was more of a silenced snort. I looked down to hide my grin of disbelief. My 10-year old son had gotten into trouble for playing tag in the school yard at lunch. Even his teacher knew how silly it sounded.…… Continue reading Playing Tag, Riding Bikes, and other Nefarious Activities of Children

Everyone is a minority somehow

In a pluralistic society everyone is a minority somehow.  By minority, I mean that in an academic way. Meaning not a people group universally identified as a minority group but a group. We most often think of that in terms or race. I mean our society is now acknowledging groups of self-identified people who have…… Continue reading Everyone is a minority somehow

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When It Rains

California is desperate for rain. The past several days in San Diego have been overcast, we even got a couple sprinkles. But we are long overdue for serious rainfall. And if we don’t get the rain we need in the next 6-10 weeks it’ll have a dramatic impact on life here in California. But also…… Continue reading When It Rains

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