It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

Last Friday was my last day with my students.  I say “with” my students, but I wasn’t really “with” them.  In all my years in education, I’ve never had a stranger end to my year.  There would be no classrooms filled with laughter or cheers when that final bell rings....

My lizard, Spike, experiences his own kind of social distancing, but he doesn't feel the pain of it like we do. This is the Young Life talk I gave last week about Jesus moving in close, helping us take off our masks, when everyone else is moving away. 

There’s a trail that goes behind my house with a steady flow of people.  During bike rides or in the middle of walks, some will stop a moment and look at the charred remains of our fence.  A fire nearly swept through our backyard a month ago, but a garden hose and...

On Tuesday mornings, before the sun is up, a few teachers and counselors drag desks into a circle to pray.  That time is sacred.  Settling into our seats, someone usually makes a comment about Greg’s tie or asks Tammy about her wedding plans.  We’re all bleary-eyed and...

Life is like a river.  Sometimes it’s smooth and calm, trickling along quietly with birds singing along its shores, and then other times, it’s a raging whitewater nightmare with unexpected bumps, twists and turns that leave us reeling.  Our family’s river has been a li...

David squealed upstairs.  His school's cancellation was just too much to keep inside and play it cool.  Sitting in my bed, I held my breath and checked my phone—only a two-hour delay.  My heart sank.  The kids were cuddling upstairs, starting their snow-day off right,...

High schools are full of labels.  You remember them.  If you’re like me, you either put them on yourself or let others put them on for you.  There's the nerd or geek, a label actually becoming quite trendy today.  There are the jocks, the ones too big for those little...

I’ve always been a huge Indiana Jones fan.  When that theme music starts to play, and Indy walks on the scene wearing his felt hat and cracking that whip, all seems right with the world.  Harrison Ford played his role perfectly.  He was the modern-day John Wayne, the e...

Everyone carries a load, and even with all the presents, lights and music, this time of year can make those loads feel heavy.  Some feel overwhelmed by all the shopping and busyness.  Others are having to deal with major changes in their lives. The students I see every...

There’s a certain feeling that’s all too familiar to some of us.  It starts with a question, something like, “Wait.  Did I remember to. . .?” and when the realization settles in that the answer is “no”, palms get sweaty, breathing gets faster, and the stomach twists it...

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